Have you ever stayed up late asking yourself what happened before Dorothy landed herself in the land of Oz in The Wizard of Oz? No? Me neither.
But when I heard Disney was releasing Oz: The Great and Powerful – a prequel to L. Frank Baum’s 1900 novel and the 1939 film adaptation – I thought, ‘OK, I’ll bite.’ Especially when I heard names like Robert Downey Jr. and Johnny Depp (he was linked to the film at one point with Tim Burton directing).
Well, instead of Downey Jr. or Depp we’re getting James Franco (as Oscar Diggs aka The Wizard of Oz) and Sam Raimi (who directed the original Spider-Man trilogy).
Diggs starts things off in black and white as a circus magician who finds himself balloon-bound to the wonderful world of Oz. There are a lot Burton-esque visuals and three witches (Mila Kunis, Michelle Williams and Rachel Weisz) who wonder if Diggs is “the great man we’ve been waiting for.”
No word on whether the Scarecrow, Tin Man or Cowardly Lion will make a cameo.
The movie comes out on March 8, 2013.