It’s The Wizard of Oz like you’ve never seen it before.
The stunning first trailer for Oz: The Great and Powerful was released at Comic-Con on Thursday July 12, and it’s safe to say that director Sam Raimi (Spider-Man) has done the legendary 1939 film justice.
James Franco stars as the titular character, who eventually becomes the wizard of Oz.
The trailer kicks of in black and white, just like The Wizard of Oz. Magician and con-artist Oscar Diggs (Franco) takes off from his small Kansas town in a hot air balloon, and is mysteriously redirected to the magical land of Oz.
Upon his arrival, he meets quite a group of witches, including Theodora (Mila Kunis), Glinda (Michelle Williams) and Evanora (Rachel Weisz), and is fascinated by the dream like world he has encountered.
But, according to Disney: "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 also stars Michelle Williams, Rachel Weisz and Zach Braff. It will be released in the UK next year (2013).