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Here is a behind the scenes look at Oz: The Great and Powerful courtesy of Entertainment Tonight

07.12.2012

Entertainment Tonight is not known for the hard hitting questions one would ask if granted behind the scenes access to a major movie, but they do get the access nonetheless. The latest film ET was able to visit was Sam Raimi's OZ: THE GREAT AND POWERFUL starring James Franco, Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz, and Michelle Williams.

This behind the scenes look at the movie features some good plot info from both Franco and Kunis as to the direction the film will be taking within the Oz universe.

Plot: OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL 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.

 

I don't know what I was expecting OZ: THE GREAT AND POWERFUL to look like. I mean, THE WIZARD OF OZ defines the idea of technicolor movie sets. Raimi's version looks to be, well, Oz. The costumes and sets look incredibly in line with the classic 1939 movie. The abundance of green screens in this video bothered me a little, but I trust Sam Raimi will be bringing a visual spectacle to the screen.

OZ: THE GREAT AND POWERFUL opens March 8, 2013.

Extra Tidbit: Word is that the movie will begin in black and white/sepia before transitioning to color, much like THE WIZARD OF OZ did over 70 years ago.

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