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After teasing us with the release of new stills and posters for director Sam Raimi’s Oz: The Great and Powerful, Disney has premiered a vibrant full-length trailer for the prequel (of sorts) to the L. Frank Baum classic that relates the origin of the Wizard.
The film stars James Franco as Oscar Diggs, a circus magician who, like a certain Dorothy after him, is swept from Kansas to the Land of Oz. There he meets three witches (played by Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz and Michelle Williams), and is quickly drawn into the problems facing the magical world.
Disney’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.
When small-time magician Oscar Diggs (James Franco) pulls one flimflam too many, he finds himself hurled into the fantastical Land of Oz where he must somehow transform himself into the great and powerful Wizard—and just maybe into a better man as well.
Watch the trailer below, or in HD at Apple.com. Oz: The Great and Powerful opens March 8, 2013.