By Mack Chico
Meet the Wicked Witch in the first of three images from the new poster for OZ THE GREAT & POWERFUL!
If you were thinking this was going to be another 1939 Judy Garland Oz, guess again. From what we can discern from the poster Oz has gone from a quiet country spot with an Emerald City, to an almost tropical-feeling landscape that feels a bit more alive proving that Disney is really trying to go for the visual galore.
There’s a bit of yellow brick hiding in the corner, too, which is good. And it seems a smart marketing move to allude more to the story people know and love (The Wizard of Oz), rather than focus on this film’s main character, (Oz, the wizard himself) and how he came to be there. If nothing more, the nostalgia attached to The Wizard of Oz will get plenty of people in the seats to see what the Land of Oz would look like in 2012.
The plot: 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.
Oz the Great and Powerful comes into theaters on March 8, 2013.