When I first heard that James Franco would be playing a young Oz in the The Wizard of Oz prequel, Oz: The Great and Powerful, I felt a tornado of excitement build up inside of me. Then when I heard Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz and Michelle WIlliams would be playing the three witches, I grabbed my Aunt Dorothy (NYC euphemism for bath salts) and flew over the rainbow. Becaues that’s how wicked awesome this movie sounded to me.
And now, just as I fill out the HR paperwork to change my pen name to Elphaba the Misunderstood Witch, the trailer for the movie comes out — and it’s awesome. Not a lot happens in it, but it did get me super pysched for what’s sure to be a great blockbuster film. Plus, it doesn’t come out until March 8th, 2013, so there’s a lot of time for more informative trailers.
Here’s what we know so far. Oz is a young man looking for greatness in Kansas. Oz goes to some kind of circus/freak show. (Is this part of the movie or just a behind-the-scenes clip with James Franco? We won’t know until the movie comes out.) Oz gets caught in a tornado, ends up in Oz and has a few beWITCHing relationships. Who will he choose. Theodora, the Wicked Witch of the West (Mila Kunis), Evanora, The Wicked Witch of the East (Rachel Weisz) or Glinda the Good Witch (Michelle Williams)?
I predict none of them because he’s James Franco and he’ll surely end up marrying 6-10 munchkins, writing about it on The Huffington Post and then discussing it in a Yale lecture hall before the end of the movie. But like I said, we’ll have to wait until March to find out.