It seems that the upcoming Sam Raimi helmed flick, Oz, the Great and Powerful is gearing up to have some major players involved in its production.
Two of the main characters have reportedly been cast in the prequel to the 1939 classic, The Wizard of Oz. The super secret Oz script, reimagined most recently by playwright turned screenwriter David Lindsay-Abaire (Rabbit Hole; Inkheart), tells the story of the origins of the Wizard, and of Oz’s infamous witches like Glinda, who becomes the Good Witch of the North, and Evanorah, who becomes the Wicked Witch of the East (The one Dorothy dropped a house on).
According to Vulture, Black Swan star Mila Kunis has joined the cast as the future Wicked Witch of the West, Theodorah.
And not only that, but they are also reporting that none other than James Franco (127 Hours) has officially signed on as The Wizard.
What do you think of the casting rumors? Do you think Kunis and Franco can do the legendary parts justice?
The plot of the movie is described below:
They would have the Wizard — a snake-oil salesman posing as a magician — enter Oz via a hot-air balloon, which he uses to escape an angry husband who has found out that Oz slept with his wife. There, Oz — a fast-talking huckster who wears a velveteen frock coat — falls in love with Glinda (the Good Witch), and the two combine forces to Fight the Evil Witches Evanora and Theodora. Theodora starts out as a good witch, but after Oz jilts her sexual advances, Evanora — the truly evil witch — convinces Theodora to become an evil witch with her and help her to rule all of Oz. Both Evanora and Theodora are described as incredibly attractive, seductive women, and Theodora likes to wear black, thigh-high boots.
Shooting is set to begin this July at the Walt Disney Studios.