I'm not gonna lie, even though I think Sam Raimi's first choice for Oz (Robert Downey Jr.) or his second choice (Johnny Depp) would have been much better than James Franco, this thing actually looks pretty dam good.
For those who aren't familiar, Oz the Great and Powerful - serving as a prequel to the all-time classic, The Wizard of Oz - tells the story of the dubious wizard (Franco) from a small, traveling circus who gets transported to the land of Oz and drawn into a battle between three witches (Theodora, Evanora, and Glinda), to be played by Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz, and Michelle Williams, respectively.
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.
“Oz The Great and Powerful” is produced by Joe Roth and written by Mitchell Kapner and David Lindsay-Abaire (credit not final). Grant Curtis, Philip Steuer and Palak Patel are serving as executive producers. “Oz The Great and Powerful” opens in U.S. theaters on March 8, 2013.