OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL
About the Production
From Disney comes the Sam Raimi-helmed, 3D-fantastical adventure "Oz The Great and Powerful," which
imagines the origins of the beloved wizard character first brought to life in author L. Frank Baum's book
"The Wonderful Wizard of Oz." As a cinematic prequel to the book, "Oz The Great and Powerful" explores
the backstory of the wizard, offering audiences both a unique and amazing moviegoing experience.
"Oz The Great and Powerful" boasts a stellar cast that includes Academy
Award nominee James Franco ("127 Hours") as Oscar Diggs, the
predestined Wizard; Golden Globe nominee Mila Kunis ("Black Swan")
as the tormented young witch Theodora; Academy Award winner Rachel
Weisz ("The Constant Gardener") as Theodora's older sister, Evanora, the
witch who rules over the Emerald City; and three-time Oscar-nominated
actress Michelle Williams ("Brokeback Mountain," "Blue Valentine," "My
Week with Marilyn") as Glinda, the Good Witch.
The cast also includes Primetime Emmy and Golden Globe nominee
Zach Braff ("Scrubs," "Garden State"), who plays Franco's circus assistant,
while also lending his vocal talents to one of the CGI creatures in the
story -- Finley, the winged monkey who accompanies the magician on his
journey through Oz, serving as his sounding board and the magician's
conscience; and 13-year-old actress Joey King ("Ramona and Beezus"),
who plays a girl in a wheelchair at the circus and voices another CGI
character in the story, China Girl, the porcelain child who also joins the
future Wizard on his fateful excursion through Oz.
The film was produced by industry veteran Joe Roth ("Snow White and the Huntsman," "Alice in Wonderland"),
along with a quartet of executive producers -- Grant Curtis (Raimi's longtime colleague who has produced or
co-produced the director's last five projects), Roth associate Palak Patel ("Snow White and the Huntsman"),
another longtime Raimi associate, Josh Donen ("The Quick and the Dead") and Philip Steuer ("The Chronicles
of Narnia" series).
Mitchell Kapner ("The Whole Nine Yards") is credited with the screen story for "Oz The Great and Powerful"
and both Kapner and David Lindsay-Abaire ("Rabbit Hole," "Robots") wrote the screenplay.
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