New 'Oz: The Great and Powerful' Trailer: Talking Monkeys, Giant Munchkins and Beautiful Witches

New 'Oz: The Great and Powerful' Trailer: Talking Monkeys, Giant Munchkins and Beautiful Witches

Nov 14, 2012

It's been four months since the first trailer for Sam Raimi's Oz: The Great and Powerful hit online. Since then we've seen plenty of images and posters that show off the bright and vibrant world Raimi is playing in, but we've been waiting for a full look at the film's story. And here it is.

The second trailer for the film sets the stage as an origin story for The Wizard of Oz. Sure, that's not entirely something people were clamoring for, but it looks like writers Mitchell Kapner (Romeo Must Die) and David Lindsay-Abaire (Rise of the Guardians) have come up with clever ways to mirror the formula of L. Frank Baum's landmark tale and tell a new story at the same time:

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.

Sure, the style and tone of the film do not look wildly different than Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland (they share the same producer and studio, after all), but there at least appears to be more interesting characters and story at play here. Plus, the trailer does a fine job of establishing that there are plenty more secrets in store between now and the film's March 8, 2013 release.

But what say you? Does Oz: The Great and Powerful look like a worthy prequel to The Wizard of Oz? Or does it look like another Alice in Wonderland?

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