Friday, May 27, 2011

Weekly Oz Update: Oz, The Great and Powerful

A lot of news this week...unlike last week!

In this past week, Disney made the announcement that the Sam Raimi directed film, Oz, the Great and Powerful will release in Disney Digital 3D on March 8th, 2013. Read the announcement here.

It seems Michelle Williams and Rachel Weisz have officially been cast in the film as the Witch of the East and North.

Joey King from the 2010 film Ramona and Beezus has been cast as The China Girl. Read more about her coveted role in the film here.

Zach Braff from the TV series Scrubs has been cast as the Wizard's loyal assistant. There have been whispers that this character will be based on L. Frank Baum. Read about that here. John C. Reilly was previously considered for this role until he turned down the offer to join the cast of another film.

So, currently, the confirmed cast consists of:
James Franco - Oscar Diggs (The Wizard of Oz)
Mila Kunis - The Wicked Witch of the West
Rachel Weisz - Evanorah, The Wicked Witch of the East
Michelle Williams - Glinda, The Good Witch of the North
Joey King - China Girl (name unknown)
Zach Braff - Wizard's Assistant (name unknown)

Aside from that, The Witches of Oz soundtrack will be available for pre-order shortly. The production company is waiting on the MPAA's rating for the film trailer and then it will be available for viewing online ONLY for those who are members of the Facebook group. There is an official Facebook fan page for the film now, but the group is more exclusive. The trailer link will be password protected, and only group members will have access to it. The new website is expected to launch along with the trailer and the soundtrack.

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