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Thursday, January 31, 2013


(Theodora is played by Mila Kunis)

Due for release in just over a month on March 8, Oz The Great and Powerful has already become one of the most anticipated and eagerly-awaited films of 2013.

Directed by Sam Raimi, who took the helm of the first three Spiderman films, Oz The Great and Powerful boasts a stellar cast that includes Academy Award® nominee James Franco (127 Hours) as Oscar Diggs, the predestined wizard; Golden Globe® nominee Mila Kunis (Black Swan) as the tormented young witch Theodora; Academy Award® winner Rachel Weisz (The Constant Gardener) as Theodora’s older sister, Evanora, the witch who rules over Emerald City; and three-time Oscar®-nominated actress Michelle Williams (Brokeback Mountain, Blue Valentine, My Week with Marilyn) as Glinda, the Good Witch. 

The new fantasy-adventure imagines the origins of the beloved wizard character who made his debut in author L. Frank Baum’s first book The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. As a cinematic prequel to the book, the film explores the backstory of the wizard character and offers a unique, original movie-going experience.

Disney’s Oz The Great and Powerful follows Oscar Diggs (Franco), a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics, who 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 (Kunis), Evanora (Weisz) and Glinda (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 but into a better man as well.

Oz The Great and Powerful releases nationwide on March 8 and will be available in Disney Digital 3D in select cinemas.