With studios attempting to wring dry every last drop of potential marketing, especially with tie-ins, the tried and true practice of getting a musician to help sell your blockbuster is seemingly a lucrative one. While these can range from more intriguing options like Trent Reznor helping out David Fincher or Daft Punk or M83 lending a hand to Joseph Kosinski, many films simply grab the hottest pop star to manufacture a track.
Disney has gone this route with Sam Raimi‘s upcoming Oz the Great and Powerful and after our first look at actual footage yesterday, we now have the full track from Mariah Carey titled Almost Home. It’s quite generic to these ears, but one can give it a listen below for the film starring James Franco, Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz, Michelle Williams and Zach Braff.
Also, for those that don’t want to be spoiled turn away now, but Bleeding Cool picked up which actress will be taking the role of Wicked Witch of the West, a fact Disney has been keeping secretive until now. Check out the photos below and take an educated, easy guess.
Sisney’s fantastical adventure “Oz The Great and Powerful,” directed by Sam Raimi, imagines the origins of L. Frank Baum’s beloved character, the Wizard of Oz. When Oscar Diggs (James 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 Powerful arrives on March 8th.
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