As promised, here’s the first trailer for Sam Raimi’s Oz: The Great and Powerful. It just debuted in San Diego at the Disney Comic Con Panel to a wave of enthusiasm and positive remarks. Some film bloggers are a bit upset that the studio is releasing it so soon, but for those of us who couldn’t be there, YAY! (Not to mention the behind-the-scenes feature we brought you yesterday has been YANKED from everywhere on the web)
Frankly, the thing looks awesome. I love that Raimi went old-school and used black & white before James Franco’s Oscar Diggs ends up in Oz, where it switches to glorious color just as Victor Fleming’s The Wizard of Oz did in 1939. Something else it has in common with that film? Flying monkeys! (When I was little, those little bastards scared the crap out of me, now they’re one of my favorite parts.)
"When Oscar Diggs (Franco), a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics, is hurled away from dusty Kansas to the vibrant Land of Oz, he thinks he's hit the jackpot–fame and fortune are his for the taking–that is until 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 also stars Abigail Spencer, Zach Braff, Bill Cobbs and Ted Raimi and has a release date of March 8, 2013.