Oz: The Great And Powerful
Oscar Diggs (James Franco), a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics, is hurled away from dusty Kansas to the vibrant Land of Oz. At first he thinks he’s hit the jackpot-fame and fortune are his for the taking. That all changes, however, when 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.
James Franco as Oscar Diggs/The Wizard of Oz
Mila Kunis as Theodora
Michelle Williams as Glinda
Rachel Weisz as Evanora
Zach Braff as Frank and Finley
Joey King as China Girl
Abigail Spencer as Mrs. Hamilton
Ted Raimi as Skeptic, Tinker
Bruce Campbell as Gore/The Dark Wizard
Tony Cox as Knuck
Tim Holmes as The Strong Man
Martin Klebba as Nikko
After the successful release of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in 1937, Walt Disney planned to produce an animated film based on the first entry of L. Frank Baum’s Oz book series. Roy Disney, chairman of the Walt Disney Studios was informed by Baum’s estate, that they had sold the film rights to the first book to Samuel Goldwyn, who re-sold it to Louis B. Mayer in 1938. The project was developed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer into the well-known musical adaptation starring Judy Garland, released the following year.
In 1954, when the film rights to the remaining thirteen Oz books were made available, Walt Disney Productions acquired them for use in Walt Disney’s television series, Disneyland and the live-action film, Rainbow Road to Oz, which was abandoned and never completed. The studio’s history with the Oz series continued with the 1985 Return to Oz which was thought to be a direct sequel to 1939 film, due to the use of the trademarked ruby slippers, performed poorly, both critically and commercially, though in recent years has become a cult classic.