Oz: the Great and Powerful is a prequel to the popular story Wizard of Oz. Walt Disney Pictures will envision the origins of the Wizard of Oz himself. He is portrayed by James Franco as the man called Oscar Diggs who was transported to the land of Oz from his home in Kansas. There he meets three witches played by Mila Kunis, Michelle Williams and Rachelle Weisz. The MediaFreaks 3D Animation Studio Blog showcases this trailer for the film released in Comic-Con 2012.
The director of the film is Sam Raimi from the original Spider-Man trilogy. He and James Franco have worked before when Franco played the role of the Green Goblin’s son. The top choices of Disney for the role of the young Wizard of Oz is Robert Downey Jr. or Johnny Depp. But this was not meant to be.