Posted on Thursday, January 3rd, 2013 by Russ Fischer
Sam Raimi‘s new prequel to The Wizard of Oz opens in a couple months, and to complement the most recent TV spots and trailer, we’ve got some new high-res photos that show off the characters played by James Franco, Michelle Williams, and others.
Oz: The Great and Powerful follows a magician (Franco) whose escape from a small town con game turns into a path to a new world, as he pilots a balloon that is blown off course into Oz. There he meets a trio of witches (Williams, Mila Kunis, and Rachel Weisz) and a few odd characters such as the monkey Finley (voiced by Zach Braff) and China Girl (voiced by Joey King).
The new images show off the designs and costumes that bring the characters to life; even if the film looks a bit too much like Alice in Wonderland for your taste, the costumes (by Gary Jones, who also did Spider-Man 2) are pretty spectacular.
Oz: The Great and Powerful opens on March 8.
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.