The trailer for the film, Oz The Great And Powerful, was released yesterday at San Diego Comic-Con International. James Franco plays Oscar Diggs, better known as the Wizard of Oz, in a prequel film to L. Frank Baum’s classic The Wizard o
. The film will detail how Diggs came to Oz. Here is the synopsis that Disney provided:
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.
The film looks visually stunning and the trailer expanding when Diggs sees Oz for the first time in color was interesting. The film will be released in theaters on March 8, 2013.
MSN Parallel Universe has a story or rather brief snippets with pictures of their compilation of best movie wizards & witches, both good ones and bad ones. A lot of the usual suspects are there. The Wizard & the Wicked Witch of the West from The Wizard of Oz. Growing up in an age when, for the earliest part of my life, there were only 4 TV channels, the showing of Oz every year was a big event. And for a child, at least for me, it was usually pretty scary. From the tornado, which is still one of the best special effects ever, to the flying monkeys & the cackling evil of Margaret Hamilton’s inspired performance. Although I have to admit that the picture they use in the article I’ve referenced makes the Wicked Witch look pretty hot. But maybe that’s just me.
There’s also Merlin & Morgana from the 1981 Excalibur both brilliantly played by Nicol Williamson & Helen Mirren. Of course, there is Gandalf and Saruman from the Jackson abomin…er, Lord of the Rings films. James Earl Jones as the sinister Thulsa Doom & Mako as Akiro in Conan the Barbarian. Warwick Davis as Willow & Jean Marsh as Bavmorda in Willow. There are a few others I’ve left out because I really never saw the movies referenced.
Oh, there are two wizards who are near & dear to us here on the list. Dumbledore and Voldemort. Although I really have to take exception to one particular line in their blurb: “…kindness radiates from both actors who have portrayed him [Dumbledore], the late Richard Harris and Michael Gambon.” I really can’t believe someone who could write a sentence like that has really seen the movies.
Anyway, feel free to share your thoughts on their choices of best movie wizard and witches. Any ones you felt were left out or should have been included? I hesitate to mention this because of the gender wars that seem to have arisen lately on this site, but it is quite obvious in their list that the three women sorcerers they picked are all bad. Are there no good women sorcerers in the movies? Or at least none that stood out enough for the compilers of this list to take note of them?
Feel free to check out the story and offer your comments here. (Please note, I found their site to be rather difficult to navigate at times and kind of buggy so hopefully you will have better luck with it.)