Which witch is which? That’s the question posed by the latest featurette from “Oz: The Great and Powerful.”
There are three witches in all in the upcoming Sam Raimi sort-of-prequel to “The Wizard of Oz,” and they’re played by Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz and Michelle Williams. Williams’ Glinda is clearly the Glinda the Good we meet in “The Wizard of Oz,” but will Kunis’ Theodora or Weisz’ Evanora end up being the Wicked Witch of the West?
Judging by the green outfit Weisz can be seen wearing and Theodora’s penchant for red, we’d guess that Evanora is the West’s wicked tyrant while Theodora ends up being the Wicked Witch of the East so sadly crushed by Dorothy’s house at the beginning of the “Wizard of Oz.” What ever did happen to the Good Witch of the South? Hopefully we find out here.
There’s some new footage in the above video, and it continues the playful vibe we’ve seen from the film thus far. Though the focus has largely been on what we know of the “Wizard of Oz” story, it seems like “Oz: The Great and Powerful” will be an adventure tale in the spirit of the original. Hopefully Raimi stays true to that project in his own.
The film, directed by Sam Raimi, stars James Franco as Oscar Diggs — the man who eventually becomes the man behind the curtain: the Wizard of Oz. The cast also includes Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz and Michelle Williams, who star as witches Oscar meets during his adventures in the Land of Oz. Though it’s made many years later, it’s easy to see the parallels Raimi is trying to draw both visually and story-wise between “The Wizard of Oz” and this film.
“Oz the Great and Powerful” is due in theaters on March 8, 2013.