We're off to see the wizard, the wonderful wizard of Oz. The poster for Oz: The Great and Powerful was released today, and boy is it beautiful. With the masses of tornadoes and yellow brick road leading to the Emerald City, we get some pretty cool concept art. This was also an interesting choice being that the film stars four pretty major actors, but they are kept off of this first poster. I like this move as it is making it clear, that this Wizard of Oz prequel is focused on honoring the original and not just capitalizing on the stars.
The new film directed by Sam Raimi will tell the origin story of the Wizard of Oz. When a small-time circus magician named Oscar Diggs (James Franco) is whipped out of Kansas and in to the Land of Oz, he thinks he has hit the jackpot. However, when he encounters three witches, Theodora (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz) and Glinda (Michelle Williams), he has to figure out who is good and evil and help the inhabitants of Oz in the best way he can. This is really all we have been told about the plot, and while I am usually against pre-quels and sequels of old movies, this actually sounds like it could be innovate and creative enough to work. The stellar casting of amazing actors won't hurt either.