As ComicCon, the ultimate geekfest, kicks off this week in San Diego, buzz on the latest and greatest comic book adaptations and action tales gets kicked into overdrive. The festival's newest clip whirling around cyberspace out of the festival? The first trailer for director Sam Raimi's (who helmed the previous three Spider-Man films, which starred Fanco) Oz: The Great and Powerful.
And it looks.....intriguing, I suppose. It's certainly a beautiful-looking, whimsical trailer, which features a dazed and confused James Franco. The Oscar nominee plays a magician who gets swept away to the magical land of Oz, and meets an ominously kooky cast of characters.
The official synopsis: "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."
So..I'm guessing Dorothy (from the original concept film) is mysteriously absent from this story. However, it's nice to hear that her more malicious counterparts, the witches, remain intact. And, might I add, Kunis, Weisz and Williams seem pretty perfect for those roles. Although none of them are really prominent in the trailer, the frightful claw of one of the witches makes a devious cameo at the end of the clip, and easily becomes the most interesting thing about it. Sadly.
I'm sure Franco probably puts in work in the movie, but this clip really shows none of that. I'll wait for an extended trailer to get the full effect. In the meantime, take a look at the first trailer below.
Oz: The Great and Powerful hits theaters March 8, 2013.