Sam Raimi’s Oz the Great and Powerful Poster

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Teaser artwork for Sam Raimi’s cool-sounding ‘Wizard of Oz’ prequel “Oz : The Great and Powerful” has been released.

The film, one of several “Oz” related projects in the works, stars James Franco as the eccentric hot-air balloonist who ends up in the Emerald City. Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz, Michelle Williams and Raimi-regular Bruce Campbell also feature.

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 (Kunis), Evanora (Weisz) and Glinda (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.