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Oz The Great And Powerful marks Sam Raimi’s return to directing, following a sizeable gap since his last effort, 2009’s Drag Me To Hell.
The Spider-Man director returns to blockbuster-sized filmmaking for this prequel to The Wizard Of Oz, imagining what the titular magician did before Dorothy came a-wandering down the Yellow Brick Road.
James Franco (a Raimi alumnus from the original Spider-Man trilogy) stars as the title character Oz, and joining him as the three witches are the starry triptych of Rachel Weisz, Mila Kunis and Michelle Williams. Scrubs star Zach Braff returns to the limelight in a dual role as Oz’s assistant and a winged monkey called Finley.
Expect gothic tinges in the Danny Elfman’s score, as well as nods aplenty to the 1939 film.
An Oz teaser poster has been revealed, and the film appeared at Comic-Con 2012.
Stay on this page (or come back at regular intervals, at least) for everything you need to know about Oz: The Great And Powerful, which opens in the UK on 8 March 2013.
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