Rachel Weisz in talks to play witch in 'Oz'
May 4th, 2011
09:34 AM ET

Rachel Weisz in talks to play witch in 'Oz'

Oscar winner Rachel Weisz may soon show off her wicked side. The actress is circling the role of the Wicked Witch of the East in Disney's upcoming "Wizard of Oz" prequel, "Oz: The Great and Powerful."

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Weisz is close to signing on to play Evanorah, the evil witch who would ultimately have a house land on her when Dorothy drops by Oz. The prequel finds Evanorah attempting to rule the land and trying to draw her kid sister Theodorah — the future Wicked Witch of the West — over to the dark side.

Mila Kunis has already been cast as Theodorah in the fantasy film, and James Franco will play the titular Oz, a snake-oil salesman who encounters real magic when his balloon carries him to the mysterious land somewhere over the rainbow.

That leaves one more role up in the air, so we ask: Who do you think should play Glinda the Good Witch?

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  1. TEC4

    Kristin Chenoweth. If they're going to take out "Wicked" they might as well do it right!

    May 11, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Ellie

    Isla Fisher!

    May 4, 2011 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
  3. J2

    Amy Adams, duh.

    May 4, 2011 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Grishnackh

    I vote Kate Hudson as Glinda.

    May 4, 2011 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  5. me

    Glinda = Anna Hattaway

    May 4, 2011 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  6. flb fan

    What about Mombi?

    May 4, 2011 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Casey

    Amanda Seyfried should be the good witch

    May 4, 2011 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Mike

    I gotta say gwyneth Paltrow would make a good glinda the good witch

    May 4, 2011 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  9. MyMyMy

    I went to Chicago to see Wicked, it was GREAT! Total wiz of oz fan, look forward to hearing the wicked witch of the east' story!Wish they would stick to Maguire's versions. I also would like to see the book (also by Maguire)"Son of a Witch" turned into a movie. How cool would that be??? Cool to some of us, I suppose!

    May 4, 2011 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  10. colt 45

    Amy Adams!

    May 4, 2011 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Ape

    Kristin Chenoweth, of course! But I guess the Wicked fans might be a bit put off what with this being a Disney knock-off. Though I was sad to see she won't be Effie in the Hunger Games film. I thought she'd make a perfect Effie.

    May 4, 2011 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Michael Calaizzo

    the movie is wonderful.

    May 4, 2011 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Daniel

    There is a movie version of Wicked coming out within the next year.

    It is interesting to see how different creatives envision the Oz stories. If you think this movie won't be to your liking, don't watch it.

    Oz was not a dream. In L. Frank Baum's original book, a dream is not mentioned. The MGM movie interpreted Oz as a dream. It also changed many things about the book. i.e., The Ruby Slippers were originally silver.

    Baum went on to write 13 more Oz books with Ruth Plumely Thompson writing many more after his death.

    May 4, 2011 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Dale

    Richard Simmons would make a GREAT Glinda!

    May 4, 2011 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Mandi

    Nicole Kidman or Amy Adams!!

    May 4, 2011 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Bmonk

    Kate Winslet

    May 4, 2011 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  17. joe

    Charlize Theron would be the best choice for the goog witch

    May 4, 2011 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  18. KTietjen

    Natalie Portman should be Glinda or Cate Blanchett!

    May 4, 2011 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  19. JR

    Oz was a dream. How can you do a prequel a dream? Franco is way over-rated. Just leave one of the greatest and most original movies off all time alone.

    May 4, 2011 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
    • J

      Actually it wasn't a dream according to the author of the original story. Oz was kind of like a magical dimension, and there were dozens more books written about it besides "The Wizard of Oz"'. Also, there were a bunch of movies ( most silent and in black and white) made about it before the color one we all know, which were truer to the original story. Believe it or not, there was no green witch, and the ruby slippers were actually silver!

      May 4, 2011 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  20. emilie

    She needs to wear on o them cupless pushup braseries in it ! Id pay to see that !

    May 4, 2011 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  21. CW

    Alison blame Nessarose

    May 4, 2011 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
  22. me

    r u crazy mila is beautiful she played on 70 show forever

    May 4, 2011 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  23. paige

    She's great, and really could cover either the witch OR Dorothy!

    May 4, 2011 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  24. CW

    THow some munchen munchkins in the boiln pot

    May 4, 2011 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
  25. alison

    evanorah? what happened to elphaba from wicked!?

    May 4, 2011 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
  26. Kay

    What a blatant rip-off of Wicked, right down to the phoney-sounding Oz names.

    May 4, 2011 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
    • be quiet

      You do realize that "Wicked" is also a "rip off" of the original story (the book, not the movie), right Kay?

      May 4, 2011 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  27. The Woof

    That's My girl. I love me some Rachel

    May 4, 2011 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
  28. Mia

    That sure was fun trying to stir up those mormons yesterday. Honestly, I like them a lot. It is just fun poking at them and lesbians.

    May 4, 2011 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
  29. Gator

    I would love to see a movie production of Wicked. It would be much more entertaining than this sounds like it is going to be. And I would really like to stop seeing James Franco.

    May 4, 2011 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
  30. AD&D

    I want to see the scene where they discover the +1 Ruby Slippers of Teleportation. I guess Id be curious if they are considered a legendary piece or unique?

    May 4, 2011 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
  31. Terri

    Sounds like a stupid movie.

    May 4, 2011 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
  32. Onslow

    Cate Blanchett would make a great Glinda, if they could get her.

    May 4, 2011 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Yup

      Good call! She would fit that part well. Movie sounds pretty interesting to me!!

      May 4, 2011 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  33. jon

    It's too bad they can't just do a movie version of "Wicked". Disney's new movie is pretty much a stab in the back of both L Frank Baum as well as Gregory Maguire at the same time.

    May 4, 2011 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
    • WickedLover

      I totally agree. I would much much much rather see a WICKED movie.

      May 4, 2011 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Casey

      Before people start saying "Oh, Wicked's a rip off of The Wizard of Oz", you have to realize that Wicked just took the characters and gave them back stories. Wicked's author created back stories and gave you a reason to love/hate the everything that you love/hate about The Wizard of Oz.
      What about Tin Man (the three part mini-series from ScyFy)? That's a knock off of The Wizard Of Oz. Wicked is a prequel, meaning that it gives the details of the story BEFORE The Wizard set his balloon down in Oz. Before Wicked, you didn't know about Glinda and The Wicked Witch of the West. You didn't know why she was evil, or why Glinda was good. You just knew they were. Now you can take whichever story you want: L. Frank Baum's or Gregory Maguire's.

      My opinion: Disney's movie is going to flop.

      May 4, 2011 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Mia

    Yeah ! She is a dooodoo eater !

    May 4, 2011 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
  35. Bareback Obaama

    toto is better looking that this broad

    May 4, 2011 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
  36. Mormon Elder

    Yes my son. But first you must join our church.

    May 4, 2011 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
  37. TED

    Hi Mormon Elder. Can you get me one of those majic hats like frosty the snowman and Joseph Smith have ?

    May 4, 2011 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |

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