Disney has unleashed a brand new trailer for their upcoming film Oz: The Great and Powerful, according to Deadline.
The latest promotional piece from the film arrives shortly after the release of a colorful new poster featuring an assortment of the story’s characters. The film is presently scheduled for release early next year.
Directed by Evil Dead and Spider-Man director Sam Raimi, the film follows the Oz as he becomes the ruler of the world located over the rainbow. The story effectively serves as a prequel to The Wizard of Oz.
During a recent interview with About, Sam Raimi took a moment to sing the praises of the actresses who helped bring the story to life.
“It was great to work with them because they’re great actresses,” the acclaimed director explained. “As beautiful as they are, that would simply just become meaningless if they weren’t great actresses, and that’s what we needed for the story. They both have very complex roles and complex interactions with the other characters in the piece, and they just did a beautiful job performing. It’s very funny and realistic, and they’re a pleasure to watch.”
“And, yes, they’re not hard on the eyes,” he added.
Disney’s official plot description of the film is as follows:
“When Oscar Diggs (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.”
The trailer for Sam Raimi’s Oz: The Great and Powerful has been embedded below. The film is slated for release on March 8, 2013. Are you looking forward to the Wizard of Oz prequel?