Rachel Weisz Now Joining Sam Raimi's 'Oz: The Great and Powerful'

May 3, 2011
Source: Deadline

Rachel Weisz

The prequel story already has James Franco set up to play a younger version of the infamous Wizard of Oz, and Mila Kunis is playing Theodora, the younger version of the Wicked Witch of the West, but another talent is now joining Oz: The Great and Powerful. Deadline reports Rachel Weisz (The Lovely Bones, The Constant Gardener) is in talks to play Evanora, the meaner, older witch sister of Theodora. While I was apprehensive about a project with ties to a classic like The Wizard of Oz, this cast sounds rather interesting. However, I'm still wondering if Raimi's loyal collaborator Bruce Campbell will be involved. More below!

For those just hearing about the project, the story is said to follow the Wizard back when he was a young illusionist with a grandiose attitude who is forced to flee a traveling circus. His life takes an interesting turn when his hot air balloon is swept up by a tornado to the land of Oz, then run by two magical wicked witches. So not only is this an origin story for the Wizard, but also for the Wicked Witch of the West and the Wicked Witch of the East, not to mention Glinda the Good Witch of the North. Honestly, I can't wait to see who else gets cast in this flick. Sound good so far?

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Reader Feedback - 7 Comments


Unable to read article, picture is too stunning!

Xerxexx on May 4, 2011


You always put up the best photos

Nic on May 4, 2011


Rachel Weisz is amazingly gorgeous. This sensual woman is indescribably beautiful. I hope that she does more American mainstream movies from now on.

Dom on May 4, 2011


The Wizard of Oz should never be messed with. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory comes to mind. That didn't work out so well. For example, it's getting destroyed by Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory on MoviePlayoffs.

Dan on May 4, 2011


I really dont think that this will turn out as bad as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, especially with the stellar cast that's being lined up so far. But at the end of the day I'll be happy as long as it doesnt blow as hard as Return to Oz.

Scott of the Antarctic on May 4, 2011


Wow! Nice... Oh! There's an article attached below...

IceFilm on May 4, 2011


Oh damn, there's actually a body attached to those legs.

JohnnyBoy on May 4, 2011

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