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'Oz the Great and Powerful' gives back-story of Wizard of Oz

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Oz took a trip to Hollywood Wednesday for the premiere of "Oz the Great and Powerful."

In the film from director Sam Raimi, a young man played by James Franco is caught in a tornado that takes him from Kansas to Oz.

That's where we get the back-story of how a circus magician named Oscar Diggs came to be known as the Wizard of Oz.

"I know that there would be great expectations for a movie about Oz because I would have them," said Franco. "It's a movie for families, obviously, just like the first one. And then because my character is comedic, I think that does play a little bit older."

Michelle Williams plays Glinda.

"I just responded to the person that I met on the page. I just responded to the words and the way that she was written and then when I met Sam, I knew I really wanted to collaborate with him," said Williams.

Rachel Weisz is a wicked witch.

"I hope you're going to love to hate me. That would be my hope. I play a very, very, very bad girl," said Weisz.

"Oz the Great and Powerful" opens March 8. It's rated PG.

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