Confirmed: Mila Kunis Joins James Franco in OZ, THE GREAT AND POWERFUL as Theodora

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Last month, it was reported that Mila Kunis was set to join James Franco in director Sam Raimi’s Oz, the Great and Powerful. Today, Variety confirmed Kunis’ casting, announcing that the actress will take on the role of Theodora (aka The Wicked Witch of the West). In this prequel to The Wizard of Oz, Franco will portray a traveling salesman and illusionist who is whisked away to Oz in a hot air balloon, landing in the middle of a battle between three sisters for control of the land. His character eventually becomes the Wizard we know from the 1939 film.

Theodora is initially a good witch, alongside sister Glinda, but is convinced by bad witch Evanora to switch sides after being jilted by Franco’s character. Theodora and Evanora then set out on a quest to rule Oz themselves.  David Lindsay-Abaire (Rabbit-Hole) recently performed a rewrite on the script for Disney. The studio is now searching for actresses to play the other two witches in the film, with Olivia Wilde, Amy Adams, Kate Beckinsale, Keira Knightley and Rebecca Hall all under consideration.

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  • Lame Duck

    now this sounds interesting….

  • Person

    Sounds interesting, but I could potentially see a flick of such proportions tearing apart our fond nostalgia for the original.

  • Barry Egan

    I just wanna know why there’s a witch of the North, East, and West…but not South? Do the compasses in Oz only have 3 directions?

  • Angelo

    Disney is making this film. NOT Warner Bros.

  • Alex

    Oz exists in Dorothy’s mind. It is a dream-world. The origins are Dorothy’s imagination.


    Why are they doing this? WHY?!?!?!

  • moviesmoviesmovies

    Does anyone else get the vibe from Wicked here? It does sound good and I did love Wicked in book form and on stage, but it could be different coming from the wizard’s point of view.

  • Dogg

    Mila Kunis will forever be Meg to my ears.

  • lauren

    Sam Raimi i am so happy you are in charge of this film. i was terrified when i heard they were doing a remake of the classic ’39 film which is my favorite film of all time since i was a young girl. I honestly did not understand at first why or how they could even think of even trying to remake it. but the fact that it is a prequel gives me hope. I am so freakn excited!!!!! the cast sounds good so far. It has a “WICKED” feel to it (personally i did not care for the book at all too political and dragged on way too much). But i am very very excited. I will be first in line for this!! Fingers crossed!

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