The acting chops of Sam Raimi’s Oz: The Great and Powerful are looking good. Michelle Williams is joining the already stellar cast to play the good witch, Glinda. James Franco is Oz, Weisz and Mila Kunis are sisters Evanorah and Theodorah (evil witches of the East and West, respectively). Zach Braff will play Oz’s assistant.
Franco, Williams and Kunis were each nominated for several awards in 2010, while Wiesz won a best supporting actress Oscar in 2005 for The Constant Gardener.
UPDATE: Abigail Spencer (Mad Men) signs on as a willing Kansas-based subject of Oz’s magic.
From the beloved L. Frank Baum novel, scripters David Lindsay-Abaire (also nominated for an Oscar last year; best adapted screenplay for Rabbit Hole) and Mitchell Kapner have created a prequel telling the story of how the Wizard became the ruler of Oz.
Disney aims to release Oz in late 2012. Here are more plot details.
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