Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Coven of all-stars convene for new "Oz"

A trio of actresses -- Michelle Williams, Mila Kunis and Rachel Weisz -- have signed for a prequel to the 1939 classic "The Wizard of Oz."

Coven of all-stars convene for new “Oz”

 Billie Burke played Glinda, the Good Witch of the East, in Victor Fleming’s 1939 landmark fantasy, The Wizard of Oz. And it looks like Michelle Williams, finally jettisoning her downbeat indie persona   (Wendy and Lucy, Blue Valentine, Meek’s Cutoff – just shoot us already!), will hop on the broomstick for  Oz, the Great and Powerful,  which Sam Raimi, late of the Spider-Mans, is getting set to direct.

Disney is the studio,  Mitchell Kapner (The Whole Nine Yards, The Whole Ten Yards) and Rabbit Hole Pulitzer Prize-winner David Lindsay-Abaireare  the writers, and here’s the rest of the lineup: Mila Kunis and Rachel Weisz as Glinda’s evil sibs, and James Franco as a circus wrangler mistakenly landed in the Emerald City, where he gets pinned by a giant yellow brick for 127 hours and then saws off his own… no, wait,he lands in the Emerald City,  where he gets mistaken for, yes, a wise and worldly wizard.    

Inquirer Movie Columnist and Critic
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Steven Rea has been an Inquirer movie critic since 1992. He was born in London, raised in New York City, and has lived in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Iowa City, Iowa. His column, "On Movies," appears Sundays in Arts & Entertainment, his reviews appear in the Weekend section on Fridays. He is a member of the National Society of Film Critics.

Read his most recent columns and reviews, here. He is the author of the book “Hollywood Rides a Bike,” and also curates the movie stars and bicycling photo blog, Rides A Bike.

Reach Steven at srea@phillynews.com.

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