Like Toto and Dorothy after him,James Franco‘s wannabe-wizard takes the Tornado Express from Kansas to Oz in the prequel Oz, the Great and Powerful, and, judging by the new trailer released Wednesday (and posted above), he’s in for one bewildering, beautiful, bizarre trip.
Unlike the film’s first trailer, released in July (and posted at the bottom of this article), the new promo shows off a lot more of the fantastic and frightening land of Oz, as well as a lot more of the three enchanting witches — Theodora (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz) and Glinda (Michelle Williams) — who snake-oil salesman Oscar Diggs (Franco) finds when his hot-air balloon is blown off course to the land over the rainbow.
The movie is directed by Sam Raimi, known for both the Spider-Man and Evil Dead trilogies. In Oz, as in those films, an unlikely hero finds himself in a world beset by monstrous villains, whom he must fight with powers he doesn’t initially realize he possesses.
As in the 1939 classic The Wizard of Oz, where Frank Morgan played the conman-turned-sorcerer, the Kansas scenes are in black-and-white, while the Oz scenes are in lush, dreamlike color. But the look of the new film, with its overstuffed, surreal visuals, seems to evoke instead Tim Burton‘s 2010 Alice in Wonderland, another tale of an earthly interloper who must save a fantasy land from dark magic.
That’s probably not a coincidence. Both films were produced by Joe Roth for Disney, and Oz has an early March release date, as Alice did, that should give it a couple of spring months all to itself. Alice wound up with more than $1 billion at the worldwide box office; no doubt Disney has similar lofty hopes for Oz, which hits theaters on March 8, 2013.
Which trailer do you prefer? Does either get you excited to see James Franco’s trip to Oz? Let us know in the comments, below.
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