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Joe Roth and Kristen Stewart at the premiere for Snow White and the Huntsman May 29, 2012 | Getty

Have you ever thought about the origins of Oz? Who started it, how it got to be so fantastical, why people gathered there, why the horses were brightly-colored? Maybe we’ll find out in Oz: The Great and Powerful, in theaters March 8, 2013.

It’s being touted as a prequel to [amazon_link id=”B00388PK1U” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]The Wizard of Oz[/amazon_link], and sounds like it’s going to be a pretty good film. We’ve got Joe Roth as a producer; he produced Snow White and the Huntsman and Alice in Wonderland  (check out his legal battles over Charlie Sheen’s Anger Management).

And Sam Raimi is directing. You don’t usually associate those two with cutesy family films, and I’m guessing Oz won’t fall into that category, even though Walt Disney Pictures is the distributor.

James Franco stars as Oscar Diggs, a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics who’s hurled away from dusty Kansas to the Land of Oz (sound familiar?). He thinks he’s hit the jackpot until he meets three witches, played by Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz and Michelle Williams. Those three will make awesome witches – and I mean that in the best way possible.

I’m kind of looking forward to learning more about Oz and that yellow brick road. Check out the beautiful poster, and tell me your thoughts in the comments below.

 

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