Disney’s “Oz The Great And Powerful” Begins Filming

July 27, 2011 • By

Disney has announced that the movie “Oz The Great And Powerful” began filming at the new Raleigh Studios in Pontiac, Michigan on July 25th. The movie is directed by Sam Raimi and stars the following actors:

- James Franco as Oz
- Mila Kunis as Theodora
- Rachel Weisz as Evanora
- Michelle Williams as Glinda
- Zach Braff as Oz’s assistant / Finley (Oz’s winged monkey)
- Joey King as China Girl (voice)

Here is a description of the film:

“‘Oz The Great and Powerful’ imagines the origins of L. Frank Baum’s beloved character, the Wizard of Oz. 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.”

“Oz The Great And Powerful” is being produced by Joe Roth along with executive producers Grant Curtis, Philip Steuer and Palak Patel based on a screenplay written by Mitchell Knaper and David Lindsay-Abaire.

Walt Disney Pictures “Oz The Great And Powerful” will arrive in theaters on March 8, 2013.