The always excellent Rachel Weisz (THE FOUNTAIN) is the latest in talks to join the cast of Sam Raimi’s upcoming WIZARD OF OZ prequel OZ: THE GREAT AND POWERFUL as the film’s antagonist, the wicked witch Evanora.
Already confirmed are James Franco (YOUR HIGHNESS; this years OSCAR train-wreck) as the wizard himself (actually a shady snake-oil salesman transported to Oz via enchanted balloon), and the beautiful but bulbous-eyed Mila Kunis (BLACK SWAN) as Evanora’s sister Theodora.
OZ: THE GREAT AND POWERFUL is just one of six(!) Oz projects heading to our screens over the next few years, facing competition from Drew Barrymore’s SURRENDER DOROTHY; Leigh Scott’s THE WITCHES OF OZ; and comic book adaptation DARK OZ to name but a few of the main contenders (direct-to-video TOM AND JERRY AND THE WIZARD OF OZ shouldn’t be causing Disney any sleepless nights.)
With Raimi at the helm expect this to film to deliver in a big way - his dynamic shooting style and visual perfectionism making him an inspired choice to bring L. Frank Baum’s world back to life.
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