Sam Raimi’s ‘Oz’ is a real ladies’ man, according to new trailer

Mila Kunis and James Franco in 'Oz: The Great and Powerful'
Mila Kunis and James Franco in ‘Oz: The Great and Powerful’

Who knew Oz was such a ladies man?

Disney has released online a full trailer for Sam Raimi’s Oz: The Great and Powerful, which gives us a sweeping look at the film and its story.

The colorful trailer includes sweeping vistas of Oz and shows off its many inhabitants, including porcelain people, munchkins, flying monkeys and what appear to be quite a few witches.

The beautiful Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz and Michelle Williams are all seen, and each seem to be looking to James Franco as if he’s God’s gift. Zach Braff can be seen briefly during the black-and-white portion in the beginning.

Emerald City in all its glory in 'Oz: The Great and Powerful'
Emerald City in all its glory in ‘Oz: The Great and Powerful’

The story has Oz (who I guess becomes such a hero that they name the land after him, then start calling him The Wizard?) arrive in the magical land in a similar fashion as Dorothy does later – via tornado.


In a great homage to the original film, the story follows suit by starting in black-and-white and set in the early 20th Century (I may be guessing a little there, could be earlier). Even the images of the Emerald City seem to stay true to the Judy Garland classic (which was produced by 20th Century Fox, not Disney).

The Wizard then must battle the Wicked Witch (who we see only in glimpses).

A peek at the Wicked Witch in 'Oz: The Great and Powerful'
A peek at the Wicked Witch in ‘Oz: The Great and Powerful’

The film reunites director Raimi and Franco, who previous worked together in what’s now affectionally being dubbed The Spider-Man Trilogy.

I have to say, this does look like it could be very entertaining. Good cast, fun story, beautiful imagery. What do you think?

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Oz: The Great and Powerful opens March 8, 2013.

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