Mila Kunis, who is currently a hot commodity in Hollywood thanks to her role in Black Swan, has signed on to Sam Raimi’s next film, Oz, The Great And Powerful. She joins James Franco and will take on the role of the Wicked Witch. The film will act as a prequel to the classic 1939 film, The Wizard Of Oz. It “tells the story of the origins of the Wizard, and of Oz’s infamous witches like Glinda, who becomes the Good Witch of the North, and Evanorah, who becomes the Wicked Witch of the East. The film will follow a young illusionist with a grandiose attitude who is forced to flee a traveling circus. His hot air balloon is swept up by a tornado to the land of Oz, which is run by two magical wicked witches.” Oz, The Great And Powerful is set to start shooting in July at Walt Disney Studios.
It’s nice to see the cast finally coming together for this one. Robert Downey Jr. was originally set to star but he dropped out and was set to be replaced by Johnny Depp. Then Depp dropped out and was replaced by James Franco. Well now it looks as if Franco is here to stay and Kunis is locked in as well. Those are two solid leads right there and with Raimi directing, the film has massive potential. I was never a big fan of The Wizard Of Oz, but I’m definitely looking forward to this one.