Michelle Williams to play Glinda in 'Oz' prequel
May 18th, 2011
09:25 AM ET

Michelle Williams to play Glinda in 'Oz' prequel

Add Michelle Williams to the growing list of actors getting ready to hit the yellow brick road in the upcoming "Wizard of Oz" prequel "Oz: The Great and Powerful."

The enchanting actress has just been offered the part of Glinda the Good Witch, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

James Franco has already been cast as a snake-oil salesman whose balloon carries him to a magical place somewhere over the rainbow, where he goes on to become the Wizard of Oz.

Rachel Weisz is circling the role of Wicked Witch of the East Evanorah, who, long before Dorothy's house did her in, attempts to draw kid sister Theodorah over to the dark side. Apparently it worked: Theodorah, played by Mila Kunis, eventually becomes known as the Wicked Witch of the West.

Prior to Williams being tapped for Glinda, "Gossip Girl" star Blake Lively was rumored to be in the running for the role. But Kristin Chenoweth, who played Glinda in the Oz musical "Wicked," has her own idea about who would have been perfect for the part. "I always liked the thought of Reese Witherspoon [as Glinda]," she tells Marquee.

"Oz: The Great and Powerful" is set to begin filming in Michigan in July for a fall 2012 release.

Do you think Williams will make a spellbinding Glinda? Tell us in a comment below.

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    April 9, 2013 at 11:52 pm | Report abuse |
  5. kalikooooo

    absolutely not!!! she is totally wrong for the part. plus she has already proven she is phenomenal at DRAMATIC PARTS not total jokes like this

    June 10, 2011 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Grumpy

    Would somebody please tell me why this is important enough to make the news?

    May 19, 2011 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  7. jayman419

    Glinda is EVIL! If she hadn't convinced Dorothy to steal the slippers, then the Wicked Witch of the West would have had no reason to go after Dorothy.

    May 19, 2011 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • sam

      actually, the wicked witch of the west would have had no reason to go after dorothy if the wizard hadn't tricked dorothy into accepting the task of killing the witch.

      and it wasn't glinda who told dorothy to take the silver shoes (ruby slippers in the loose adaptation), either. that was the other good witch. you might argue that she was evil because she didn't tell dorothy that she could use the shoes to transport herself home right from the start, though.

      June 6, 2011 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
  8. JBK

    ...They're going to do what?? Mess around with one of the greatest American movies ever made??? Say it ain't so!!....I wish for falling houses to destroy the concept!!!!

    May 18, 2011 at 9:27 pm | Report abuse |
  9. charlie crack

    Michelle williams is hot!

    May 18, 2011 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
  10. charlie crack

    Michelle willams is hot!

    May 18, 2011 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
  11. kcc

    @bucktooth keep the ignorant comments to yourself.

    May 18, 2011 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
  12. charlie crack

    @dillinger- leave @peace alone. You are the moron! Read a book, get a job so you can blog on company time loser! Huh?!?! Uh huh....thought so! Chump

    May 18, 2011 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
  13. glenda

    It is Glenda not Glinda. Just sitting it straight.

    Glenda the good witch of the south:)

    May 18, 2011 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Randi

    She seems really cold and unapproachable. I don't think she is a good fit for Glinda.

    May 18, 2011 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
  15. kevin

    The movie is going to be LAME! Especially with boring James Franco.

    May 18, 2011 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Nicki

    Love Michelle Williams. She's extremely talented and beautiful. Perfect choice!

    May 18, 2011 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
  17. carson

    tilda swinton she would have been the perfect little twist for the character

    May 18, 2011 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Brett

    I think Michelle is both fully capable as a thespian and is endowed with such a natural beauty that she will make a marvelous and stunning Glinda. I look forward to seeing this movie as much as Mr. Burton's Alice In Wonderland and I was not dissapointed by it and suspect that I shant be again.

    May 18, 2011 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  19. arian

    Somethings need to be left alone... The Wizard of Oz is one of those things.. Something about its quality in the film, the actors, & clothing makes it such a wonderful movie. Im 18 n it is still my all time favorite movie.. i would be hurt to thiNk my future children would call something like this a classic or a great movie because one, ITS A KNOCK OFF OF THE ORIGINAL.. well i wish all the best to whoever is envolved in this, but some things have to business being touched, like original black n white classic movies.

    May 18, 2011 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • sam

      to the contrary, i would love if they made a more faithful adaptation of the original books using today's film-making technology. the original film is still a classic, especially as far as film-making and production value for its time goes, but it strayed a bit from the book at times and cut out tons of material (especially at the end) and replaced it with song and dance numbers.

      June 6, 2011 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Sue Hutson

    I LOVE Mcihelle Williams...beautiful, classy, talented; a truly interesting stand out actress.

    May 18, 2011 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Ravensun

    The one thing that I absolutely always admired about Margaret Hamilton was that she was offered tons of money to do a sequel to the Wizard of Oz, and refused, every time. The wicked witch was dead. Dead is dead. Dead witches don't come back to life. She was adamant about this, and even refused to put on the hat when she appeared on Mr. Rodgers' Neighborhood (though she did show it). The Folgers coffee lady had more class in her pinkie finger than Hollywood does for trying this... yes, there are plenty of books, but there is no Margaret Hamilton, no Billie Burke, no Judy Garland, no Frank Morgan... it won't work, at least not for me. Who could play the Cowardly Lion better than Bert Lahr? The Scarecrow better than Ray Bolger – and if anyone so much as THINKS the name Jim Carrey, they need to be smacked. How about the Tin Man better than Jack Haley?

    May 18, 2011 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  22. yeah her

    @Dillinger, he was talking about Michael Jackson... not Heath Ledger. still tasteless, 'course.

    May 18, 2011 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Ravensun

    Ugh. No. Leave The Wizard of Oz alone! The last "sequel" flopped miserably. What makes -anyone- think this thing will do any better. Billie Burke (who, for the haters, was born in 1885 and played Glinda in 1938 – film was released in 39 – at the age of 53!) is Glinda. Nobody else can touch the role.

    Mind you, I am speaking of the L. Frank Baum books, NOT the Maguire / Wicked books and musical (in which the name "Elphaba" was chosen by the author as a contraction of Baum's name!) – for that, Chenowyth was perfect as G(a)linda. But leave L. Frank Baum ALONE! Yeesh!

    May 18, 2011 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Suzanne

    She will be the very very best Witch, love Michelle, Best Actress, Best Mom, Best Person who is so darn cute, long or short hair, you are awesome no matter what.....

    May 18, 2011 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  25. @Peace

    Still spouting your ignorant drivel eh?

    May 18, 2011 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Sean McKenzie

    Please for the love of god, please GROW YOUR HAIR BACK OUT, Michelle. You are so BEAUTIFUL and STUNNING with longer hair.

    May 18, 2011 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Rob

    I hope they don't ruin a classic!

    May 18, 2011 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  28. ali kass

    the names are throwing me off. they should still be elphaba and nessarose!

    May 18, 2011 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Tin Tin

    @peace go back to work and stop blogging on company time

    May 18, 2011 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Sowff

    Michelle will be fine, but I like the idea of Reese more. Maybe she is too old now for the part?

    May 18, 2011 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lucy's mom

      Since Carrie Underwood has started acting, I would have liked to see her play the good witch. She would be perfect.

      May 21, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  31. r. kyle

    Hello guys please remember that no matter who plays who in this film it is a classic and has been for fifty years also the studio is taking the risk about who is playing who so the finacial part of this will rest on them but in closing I would like to remind everyone if you do not like the people in it do not see it.

    May 18, 2011 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  32. BroadwayBaby

    This project is doomed. Nobody worth watching is involved in it. Why are they doing this? Are there no original stories left, or does somebody owe a studio a project, so they are guaranteeing a bomb? Who is the intended audience for this mess, because it's clearly not for kids, teens, adults with a brain or movie fans.

    May 18, 2011 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Peace

    Ummmm bucktooth, The white family thing? Have you seen "The Wiz"? Also,in the original Wiz of Oz, the wicked witch of the west was green! If they make it a more colorful cast, that will be fine by me! Glad your Dad was luckier than "Dorothy"! Good day!

    May 18, 2011 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Michelle

    Good choice!!!

    May 18, 2011 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Tresea

    I think she will be great for the role of the good witch. Nice to see her in another movie.

    May 18, 2011 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Mormon

    The only thing that would save this train wreck of a film: Witch mud wrestling!

    May 18, 2011 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Bucktooth

    Hmmmmm! No parts for actors of color again? Maybe the mutchkin people!

    May 18, 2011 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  38. ERIN

    I think she'll be great... but I just imagined a taller Glinda. Guess that's from the original-first impressions are everything!

    May 18, 2011 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Hollylamewood

    Here goes Hollywood again...no new ideas...offshoot of something that should not be touched...making millions off of garbage....she will be a crapp y witch and it will be a typical Hollywood movie with no plot, no charecters and actors who complain how they were so immersed in their roles...maybe she will become a witch and spiral into depression because she got into her role sooo much...lol

    May 18, 2011 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Norman

      youre a dummy-there are numerous Oz books never translated to the screen-this is an original story about Oz and from my friend who's worked with the writer, it's goign to be pretty darn good

      May 18, 2011 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • geo

      You are right. We get this drek because idiot's keep going to see these dumb remakes.

      May 18, 2011 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Chucklehead

    I'd like to butter her muffin.

    May 18, 2011 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |

    They need Oprah to play the role. She eats all kinds if them. Rolls and fries and milkshakes.

    May 18, 2011 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  42. Raina

    I don't have a problem with Michelle. She's a great actress. I just would rather they made the movie of Wicked! Especially before the original Broadway cast gets too old for it!

    May 18, 2011 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Alex172005

      The Original Broadway cast is and was too old for it. They're in school in the book. Idina and Kristin were pretty old for high school kids.

      That's broadway though.

      I do agree though, I would rather see a Wicked film.

      May 18, 2011 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  43. Eric Nicolas

    And I'm sure it will be in 3D!

    May 18, 2011 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
  44. Axl

    Maybe they think Michelle Williams looks similar to the original actress that played Glinda. I think for an Iconic movie such as OZ, they are going in the wrong direction. Cate Blanchette or Nicole Kidman would be perfect for Glenda. Helena Bonham Carter would be a much better Evanorah, she is tailor made for that role. Mila Kunis is fine as Theodora because her charater will be transformational during the movie, although Ann Hathaway would seem more in tune for this role, this could be an epic movie if produced right.

    May 18, 2011 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Norman

      those women are too old, buddy-the script calls for the women to be in their twenties, not 40s

      May 18, 2011 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stormy

      Ummm, Billy Burke (the original Glinda) was 54 when the movie came out in 1939. Margaret Hamilton (Wicked Witch) was 37. I like your picks Axl!

      May 18, 2011 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • dpeters11

      @Norman Does that make a difference? I didn't think an actor who was 6'1" could play a dwarf either.

      May 18, 2011 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bucktooth

      The whitest women they can find! The Good witchhas have to be white! Someone else said something about Vanessa Williams? All races..that would be interesting! Make it a colorful cast! Maybe they want to keep the story to the original white family thing? I don't know..my parents were broght up in Kansas!!!! They are not white, and my Dad out ran a Tornado! Whoa!

      May 18, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  45. WLM

    I really think Michelle Williams is a wonderful actress but I would have rather see Blake Lively as the good witch.. She seems to fit that part better.... Maybe its her beauty... not that Mz Williams is not pretty herself, Blake just fits the part...

    May 18, 2011 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
  46. Ron Mexico

    Agreed. Bad choice

    May 18, 2011 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
  47. be quiet

    she's an incredible actress and can do no wrong, as far as I can tell. she deserved the oscar for blue valentine – I hated to see Portman get it over her.

    May 18, 2011 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
    • jayman419

      Especially because "Black Swan" was terrible. Bad story (no spoilers), bad acting (oh I'm so upset right now, why I could just quiver my chin!) and bad cinematography (yay, let's look at the world from behind Natalie Portman's back for 20 minutes)...

      It was just "Wild Things" without boobies.

      May 19, 2011 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
  48. Grace

    No i think Michelle Williams is totally wrong for the part and who ever is producing it should get the Witches names right!

    May 18, 2011 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Sandy

      Exactly. While I admit I haven't read the Baum books, I have read the books by Maguire and the Wicked Witches name is Elphaba, not Theodora. I would have rather seen a non-musical movie of WIcked instead.

      May 18, 2011 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Norman

      Uh, dummies-the witches arent named in the Baum books-Gregory Maguire, though a genius, just made up the names for his Wicked books...hate idiocy

      May 18, 2011 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • dpeters11

      Even if names had been given in the original books, wouldn't be much to change it. The books themselves weren't exactly the pinnacle of continuity.

      May 18, 2011 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Penny

      You do see that it says the wicked witches 'sister'? LOL Maybe you should read the article before you start complaining about it.

      May 18, 2011 at 9:20 pm | Report abuse |

      While I agree...that Baum never mentioned names of the Wicked Witch of the West (or East), It's MaGuire's books that put Oz back in the spotlight. He gave a real life to all the Thropp members of the family; Elephaba, Nessarose and Shell. I appreciate the fact that they are making a movie prequel to the WOO, but I feel that to make a movie now and then change the names of all the characters involved is kinda taking credit away from Maguire, and taking advantage of the paybacks from his hard work. Wicked has been a HUGE success on Broadway. Wicked and WOO fans everywhere will watch this simply because its a prequel. Not nice, Hollywood. Even though I want to see this movie, I am once again, disappointed in Hollywood for not having the decency to stick with original details, I would like to add that Maguire never changed any details to Baum's work...he simply added to it. Making the WOO, once again, something to be appreciated and enjoyed. I am happy, yet disappointed to read about this movie...

      May 19, 2011 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  49. Peace

    I wonder where in Michigan they're doing the filming? L Frank Baum wrote that story in Michigan. (Near Holland Mi, I think) I'm sure MarqueeBlogs will keep us posted!

    May 18, 2011 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
  50. Mexican Bob

    WOW...she finally bleached herself white. Impressive.

    May 18, 2011 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |
    • sockpuppet

      um, that's not Vanessa Williams, that's Michelle WIlliams

      May 18, 2011 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Jess

      That's the best thing I've read all day! Thanks!

      May 18, 2011 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • American

      There is another white woman they should get to play the role. This person has been in a similar movie as the scarecrow. Oops he died on 6/25/09

      May 18, 2011 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dillinger

      American, you moron..he was the joker, not scarecrow. If you're going to try and bash someone get your facts straight. RIP

      May 18, 2011 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mandy

      Dillenger-He's referring to Michael Jackson. Not Heath Ledger. I think YOU need to get your facts straight. Michael is the one who played in the African American version of the Wizard of Oz. The joke is no longer funny......

      May 18, 2011 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike in NYC

      Uuuuhhh.... Dillinger YOU moron – the 'white woman' that American was referring to was Michael Jackon who died on 6/25/09. He played the scarecrow in The Wiz. Heath Ledger (who played the Joker) died on 1/22/08). Try and YOUR facts straight if YOU'RE going to bash someone.

      May 18, 2011 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
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      May 19, 2011 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  51. Lee Harvey

    About time they did a non-fiction story of my life.

    May 18, 2011 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |

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