|James Franco at TIFF 2010|
Not to be confused with Dorothy of Oz starring Glee’s Lea Michele, Disney’s upcoming Fantasy-Adventure, Oz The Great and Powerful, began shooting yesterday at Raleigh Studios in Pontiac, Michigan. The Film directed by Sam Raimi, features some Oscar-calibre talent including James Franco, Michelle Williams, Rachel Weisz, Mila Kunis, Zac Braff and newcomer Joey King.
Oz The Great and Powerful can be considered a prequel to The Wizard of Oz, telling the story of Oscar Diggs (Franco) who is a Circus Magician swept away from Kansas to the Land of Oz. He has three sceptics though in three witches, Glinda (Williams), Evanora (Weisz) and Theodora (Kunis). Before he knows it, Oscar is caught amidst the problems facing the Land of Oz. Will he be able to use his magical talents and wizardry to save its people from evil?
Walt Disney Motion Pictures is set to release Oz the Great and Powerful on March 8, 2013.