With Disney clearly trying to strike the same Alice in Wonderland-esque $1 billion chord with their upcoming Oz the Great and Powerful, we’re sincerely hoping better things are in store, quality-wise, for Sam Raimi‘s latest film. Returning to major tentpole territory for the first time in six years, the all-style, little-substance marketing has left us much to be desired when it comes to this Wizard of Oz twist, but with the film opening in just a few weeks, we’re finally starting to see the first clips from the film. Below one can see James Franco with Michelle Williams as they venture into the Land of Oz and another features the other two witches, Rachel Weisz and Mila Kunis get into a heated argument. Check them both out below, along with a new featurette.
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.