Movie News: Oz, The Great and Powerful

August 4th, 2011 by

Have you ever gotten so excited that you couldn’t formulate a clear sentence and just ended up squawking nonsensical phrases? Or maybe when you heard some amazing news, you expelled spit and it dribbled down your chin?

No? Is that only me? Awkward…

Well, as you can tell, sometimes I get a little overzealous. And when I get like that, I want to share my delight with the world! It was this emotion that led me to write this post as soon as I heard the news about two upcoming Wizard of Oz movies. But that was over a year ago, and now it turns out that I was a little too early to the game because Disney has just made an announcement about one of the movies — with a major change from what I reported:

In Oz: The Great and Powerful, the lead role will be played by… James Franco! Not Robert Downey Jr., as I previously reported. Whoops.

And here’s some more news about the movie, from the official press release:

Image from Huffington Post

Oz: The Great and Powerful imagines the origins of L. Frank Baum’s beloved character, the Wizard of Oz. When Oscar Diggs (James Franco), a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics, 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 (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz) and Glinda (Michelle 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 of Oz but into a better man as well.

Doesn’t that just make you excited enough to spit? Well, unfortunately we still have a while to wait before this wizard takes to the big screen; the movie is set to release March 8, 2013.

But at least that gives us plenty of time to discuss the cast! So… what do YOU think? Will James Franco make a good magician-wizard? And what about Michelle Williams as the famous Glinda the Good Witch? Leave a comment with your opinion!

— Karen

Karen once worked with James Franco’s mom without even knowing it — she’s children’s book author Betsy Franco! Every once in a while, Karen thinks about her missed chance to meet James Franco. Because they clearly would have been perfect together. Obviously.

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One Response

  • Vincent | @CuteMonsterDad writes:
    August 4th, 2011 at 8:37 am

    I’ve never thought of James Franco as a lead actor. He’s done wonderful work in secondary roles. Still, I plan to go into viewing the movie with an open mind. From the little information that’s available, it’s a great premise.

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