In a matter of weeks, audiences will revisit the great Land of Oz. Directed by Sam Raimi (Spider-Man trilogy; Evil Dead trilogy), Oz The Great and Powerful takes us back before the time of Dorothy Gale and Toto. Learn more about the three witches we will encounter along with Oz himself, each with their own hi-res character poster, after the jump.
It’s nice to see movie posters that don’t rely on the complimentary blue and orange. There are some great visuals in a few of these while others strike me as bland. Oz The Great and Powerful has a lot of striking imagery, and its a shame they don’t use it within these. And why didn’t the munchkins get their own poster? As big of a role that they had in The Wizard of Oz, I would have thought they’d have one. Learn more about our friends from the film below:
(Click on any of the posters below to enlarge to a hi-res version)
Oscar Diggs (James Franco), aka Oz, is a small-time magician who takes his magic act on the road as part of a traveling circus in the Midwest. A man with dubious ehtics, Oz is a handsome, charming charlatan who is skilled at smooth-talking his way out of problems. When he is hurled into the magical Land of Oz, Oscar faces a fight-or-flight dilemma that holds the fate of a kingdom in the balance, forcing him to decide what kind of man he truly is before it is too late.
Glinda (Michelle Williams) is a good witch who rules over a peaceful kingdom of simple, kind folk. Beautiful Glinda is not only a compassionate and benevolent witch, but also a fierce protector of her people. Though Glinda sees through Oz’s facade early on, she knows genuine goodness lies within and helps Oz achieve his true destiny.
A witch to be feared, Evantora (Rachel Weisz) is Theodora’s over-protective sister. With her penetrating gaze, she exudes a powerful presence and has positioned herself as the royal advisor and protector of Emerald City.
Theodora (Mila Kunis) is a beautiful, naive witch who is protected by her powerful sister Evanora. Theodora only wants peace to come to the Land of Oz and truly believes that a prophesied wizard will arrive someday to restore order.
Finley (Zach Braff) is a winged monkey that accompanies Oz on his journey. Finley doesn’t have a high opinion of Oscar and lets him know it. Ultimately he becomes a loyal ally and helps Oz discover his true self.
China Girl (Joey King) is from the village of China Town, where everything, including the inhabitants, is made of china. When destruction befalls her land, the brave, resilient China Girl encounters Oz and they strike up an unlikely friendship.
And who is The Wicked Witch of the West? The trailers, TV spots, and costume all point to Evanora transforming into her, but that feels too easy to assume. Her laugh doesn’t sound like something that could come out of Mila Kunis, but she has this glare in her eyes that says otherwise.
Since they are both sisters, I want to believe that one of these ladies will be the Wicked Witch of the West and the other the Wicked Witch of the East (crushed by a house in The Wizard of Oz). Evanora doesn’t look like the type to where black and white socks along with ruby slippers; that seems more like color palette of Mila Kunis’ Theodora. We’ll find out in a few weeks who’s who.
(If you want to know, Wikipedia may or may not have ruined the surprise.)
Oz The Great and Powerful swoops into theaters March 8, 2013.