Director Sam Raimi is pulling back the curtain in the trailer for "Oz: The Great and Powerful," spinning the story of who the wizard was before Dorothy and Toto arrived in town.
The first scenes of the trailer, which debuted at Comic-Con Thursday, will feel familiar as they take us from the black-and-white world of Kansas and into the colorful land of Oz thanks to one ferocious tornado.
James Franco stars as the titular wizard, a circus magician who starts his adventure in search of greatness. "Kansas is full of good men," he says in the clip. "I don't want to be a good man. I want to be a great one."
When he gets swept into Oz, he comes across three witches: the kind Glinda, as played by Michelle Williams; Rachel Weisz's Evanora; and Mila Kunis' Theodora.
Raimi's rendering of the magical world created by author Frank L. Baum departs from the 1939 classic "The Wizard of Oz," so you won't see the Tin Man or the Scarecrow in this prequel-esque take.
Instead, Raimi told attendees at Comic-Con, "This is the story about who Oz was and how he came to be the real wizard,” Wired magazine reports. “He’s a bit of a lothario, a cad, a little selfish. By the time he gets to Oz, it’s like a land of second chances.”
"Oz: The Great and Powerful" opens March 8, 2013.
talkin the talk but aint walkin the walk..lmao..
I think it's a cool idea, I mean... why not explore more of the L. Frank Balm books. Lord knows they've beaten us all to death with the Harry Potters and the Lord of the Rings books, not to meantion Batman, Spiderman and all the rest of the comic book heros. Bring it on and take me back to Oz!
Franco is a young lioon on way up.
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So excited. Too bad its not coming out for another year...
Just wait. Four more versions of the same film will be out soon. Hollywood can't think outside the box because they don't yet understand they're in a box. A very, Very SMALL box, at that.
sorry i asked you to check in 1 last time. told aunt b.
James Fanco lives in a trailer park? Wonder what he spent all his money on... Oh yeah, Pineapple Express
As long as its not another oz with a cast of knuckledraggers again btw all blondes are dumb fkn k u n t s. Only good for being the kum dumpsters they are....just suk my big phat k o c k and stfu u blonde s k a n k who re..Brunettes are the way to go...im just saying
All the f a g – b o y s from the WYWW blog will be SQUEE!-ing in delight over this!
there's a surprise, another original movie idea
Is there another movie about the wizard prior to the oz movie. If so please tell me what it is. Dumb me thinking this was a good idea and looked forward to it. Duh
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