Monday, March 28, 2011

Mila Kunis and James Franco Join The Wizard of Oz prequel

Mila Kunis, hot off of the Oscar-winning Black Swan (and with That '70s Show nothing but a distant memory), is now confirmed to be starring in Disney's Wizard of Oz prequel, Oz, the Great and Powerful.

James Franco stars as the Wizard… well, before he actually became the wizard.

Variety has the report. Kunis will play Theodora, the youngest sister of three witches who "starts out as a good witch, alongside her beautiful sister Glinda, but after her sexual advances are jilted by Franco's salesman, she's convinced by Evanora to switch sides and help her older sister rule Oz."

Sam Raimi will direct the film, which positions Franco's character as "a fast-talking snake oil salesman and illusionist who flees a travelling circus and winds up whisked away in a hot air balloon by a tornado to Oz where he must face off against real magic and the sisters battling for control of the land."

The other witch roles also need to be filled, and names being thrown about include Olivia Wilde, Amy Adams, Kate Beckinsale, Keira Knightley and Rebecca Hall. 

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