Man Behind The Magic

Disney and director Sam Raimi have joined forces for Oz: The Great and Powerful. It's an origin story based on the title character of one of the greatest films ever made: The Wizard of Oz. Oscar nominee James Franco takes on the role of the small-time magician who became a folk legend.

Oz: The Great and Powerful

Before there was Dorothy, there was Oscar Diggs. He's the main character in Sam Raimi's upcoming film Oz: The Great and Powerful. The movie serves as a prequel to the 1939 classic The Wizard of Oz.

Oz is produced by the same folks who brought us Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland. Disney has released a teaser poster for the fantasy film just in time for this year's Comic-Con.

Its cast will appear at the annual convention to give a sneak peek at the new Oz.

Production on Oz: The Great and Powerful begins >>

What is Oz: The Great and Powerful really about?

According to the official synopsis:

When Oscar Diggs (James 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 (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz) and Glinda (Michelle 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.

Oz: The Great and Powerful pulls the curtain to reveal the Wizard's questionable origin.

The film opens in theaters March 8, 2013.

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Photo credit: Disney

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