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Sam Raimi Casts James Franco, Mila Kunis in Wizard of Oz Prequel

February 22, 2011  |  5:00pm
Sam Raimi Casts James Franco, Mila Kunis in <em>Wizard of Oz</em> Prequel

Spiderman director Sam Raimi has cast James Franco and Mila Kunis in his Wizard of Oz prequel, entitled Oz, The Great And Powerful. Kunis is set to play Theodorah, the witch who goes on to become the wicked witch of the west.

This role plays contrary to the lore set up by Broadway musical Wicked, in which the wicked witch of the west is named Elphaba, and is actually not wicked at all. It seem’s Raimi’s prequel will ignore this, though, as the two storylines would not fit together at all.

Franco’s plays a young illusionist who finds way to Oz when his hot air balloon is swept away by a tornado, a role originally filled by Robert Downey Jr.

Shooting is set to begin in July.

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