With Spider-Man swinging back into theaters this Fourth of July holiday, the former Spider-Man director, Sam Raimi, opted to steal a little thunder from the webbed superhero by releasing the first poster for his next film, Oz the Great and Powerful. Due in theaters March 8, 2013, we suppose you can call this one a prequel to The Wizard of Oz in that it follows the story of how a small-time circus magician (James Franco) traveled to the Land of Oz and eventually became the great and powerful Wizard of Oz.
We expect to hear (and see) a lot more about this one when Disney brings it to Comic-Con next week. In the meantime, check out the gorgeous poster below, followed by the film's synopsis.
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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.
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