Sometimes you just have to tip your hat to Disney. If the latest trailer for the Wizard of Oz prequel, Oz: The Great and Powerful is any indication, the film should be a visual delight.
Here is the storyline without much spoilage courtesy of IMDB:
Oscar Diggs (James Franco), a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics, is hurled away from dusty Kansas to the vibrant Land of Oz. At first he thinks he’s hit the jackpot-fame and fortune are his for the taking. That all changes, however, when he meets three witches, Theodora (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz), and Glinda (Michelle Williams), who are not convinced he is the great wizard everyone’s been expecting. Reluctantly drawn into the epic problems facing the Land of Oz and its inhabitants, Oscar must find out who is good and who is evil before it is too late. Putting his magical arts to use through illusion, ingenuity-and even a bit of wizardry-Oscar transforms himself not only into the great and powerful Wizard of Oz but into a better man as well.
Check out the latest trailer and let us know what you think. I can say I’ll be heading out to the theater for sure on this one. It’s currently scheduled for a March 8, 2013 release.
If the three witches I met were Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz and Michelle Williams I think I’d like to chill in Oz myself. And yes, that was Zach Braff as a talking monkey which never hurts.
Because it’s the right thing to do and this vintage clip is awesome, here’s the original trailer for the 1939 masterpiece Wizard of Oz: