Oz the Great and Powerful: First Look

Posted by Grey Sunday, November 18, 2012

Have your first glimpse at the wonderful world of Oz in our First Look at Sam Raimi's Oz the Great and Powerful.  

With the Spider-Man trilogy behind him, many have been speculating what's next from director Sam Raimi, an individual well-reputed for both his cult horror films and his successful output of quirky sci-fi/fantasy body of works. While we agree that it is perhaps for the better when Raimi decided not to take on the rebooted Evil Dead, news of his involvement on the classic fantasy film, Oz the Great and Powerful, took us by surprise. After all, Raimi isn't exactly the first ten film-makers that come to mind when a family-friendly fantasy film is concerned. Nevertheless, with Disney pushing for "Oz the Great and Powerful" to replicate the commercial success of Tim Burton's otherwise mediocre take on a similar classic fantasy novel, Alice in Wonderland, we can certainly understand the choice and confidence in Raimi, a tested-and-proven film-maker for the blockbuster market. 

Set before the events of L. Frank Baum's 1900 novel, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, as well as the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz, Oz the Great and Powerful features James Franco as Oscar Diggs AKA Oscar Zoroaster Phadrig Isaac Norman Henkel Emmannuel Ambroise Diggs (O.Z.P.I.N.H.E.A.D.), AKA the eponymous character himself, Oz. Those familiar with the novel (or the films) would have known that the Great and Powerful Oz is in fact a small-time circus magician from Kansas who used trickery to deceive the residents of the Land of Oz. Serving as a prequel, the film will be covering the story on how Oscar Diggs was transported to the Land of Oz and found himself drawn into the conflict between the three witches: Theodora, Wicked Witch of the West (Mila Kunis), Evanora, Wicked Witch of the East (Rachel Weisz), and Glinda the Good Witch (Michelle Williams).

With the release of the full theatrical trailer as well as some pretty awesome official images and posters from the film, there is no doubt that the film looks beautiful especially with the involvement of production designer Robert Stromberg, who worked on the aforementioned Alice in Wonderland.

With no further ado, hit the jump to check out the first full theatrical trailer of the film.

The début teaser trailer released earlier.

Meanwhile, the graphic department of Disney isn't exactly sitting on their laurels for the marketing campaign of the film. Three one-sheet posters were released earlier and has now been combined into a stunning triptych poster. Hit the jump to check it out along with the other posters from the film.

Here are some official images released thus far by Disney.

Here’s the official synopsis for the film: 

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.

Oz the Great and Powerful is currently scheduled to be released on March 8, 2013 in traditional 2D, Disney Digital 3D, RealD 3D, as well as IMAX 3D.


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