After covering the movie’s pre-production for months, shooting has finally begun on Sam Raimi‘s Oz: The Great and Powerful. A press release for the film informs us of the main cast that has been set in place, and, most importantly, provides us with a full plot synopsis.
We’ve already had one for several months, but this new version gives a more detailed idea of what we can expect from the prequel. Not too detailed, though; the script by David Lindsay-Abaire and Mitchell Kapner has been said to have a decent amount of security around it, so don’t expect any big surprises here. But, we now know more about the plot, and you can read the description below:
Oz The Great and Powerful 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.
Zach Braff has been announced as not only the circus assistant to Franco, but also as the voice of “Finley, the winged monkey who accompanies the magician on his journey to Oz.” I didn’t previously know he was in the cast, so it comes as a surprise to me. It’s also been revealed that Joey King will voice the character of China Girl, another CG character who accompanies the lead through the film’s main setting.
Some minor updates also include the participation of cinematographer Peter Demming, who previously collaborated with Raimi on Evil Dead II and Drag Me to Hell, as well as a brief update on what Academy Award-winning makeup artist Howard Berger will be doing. He’s said to be “creating the looks of several of the unique denizens of Oz, including creatures such as the Whimsies, the Tinkers and the Winkies, as well as the ghastly look of the Wicked Witch of the West.”
I would say that this is shaping up rather nicely, and I have to admit that I’m glad to simply know that Raimi is directing something again, and (even better) a film that doesn’t have “Spider-Man” in the title.
Also starring Abigail Spencer, Oz: The Great and Powerful opens on March 8, 2013.
Are you looking forward to Oz? What do you think of the new plot synopsis?