Exactly where the Wizard of Oz came from is probably not a question that’s been keeping many of us up at night, but Sam Raimi is going to try to answer it anyway with his upcoming, OZ, The Great and Powerful.
Up until now, all we’ve known about the project is that when in costume, lead James Franco looks exactly like… well, James Franco. But now at least we have a full poster and synopsis courtesy of Disney.
Sam Raimi is a wonderfully visual director, and if that poster is a true reflection of the world that Raimi has dreamed up for this, then we’re certainly going to be in a for a treat. And as much as I rag on his not-so-chameleon-like abilities, Franco has proved himself to be remarkable reliable as a lead as of late. (Movie lead, that is, not so much Oscar Ceremony leadzzzzzzz…. Oh sorry, I fell asleep just thinking about it again.)
And here’s that synopsis, that while holding true to many Disney tropes, certainly sound like it has potential to be a fun yarn:
Disney’s fantastical adventure “Oz The Great and Powerful,” directed by Sam Raimi, imagines the origins of L. Frank Baum’s beloved character, the Wizard of Oz. When Oscar Diggs (James Franco), a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics, is hurled away from dusty Kansas to the vibrant Land of Oz, he thinks he’s hit the jackpot—fame and fortune are his for the taking—that is until 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.
Last Updated: July 5, 2012