One of the more high profile releases slated for 2013 is director Sam Raimi
’s Oz the Great and Powerful
. Production wrapped a long time ago, but it’s still going to be a long time until we actually get to see the finished product. Going through production last year, the movie is still going through the editing process, as it has more than a few visual effects, and won’t be arriving in theaters until March 8th, 2013.
We’re poised to see some footage next month at Comic-Con, but a promo image from the film has popped up online giving us our first look at James Franco
in character. The James Franco Forever Tumblr
(via Bleeding Cool
) has found an Italian coming attractions ad that features Franco wearing his Oz hat and standing in front of his favorite means of travel: a hot air balloon. You can check the image below.
Oz: The Great and Powerful is Raimi’s first directorial effort since 2009’s Drag Me To Hell
, and I’d love to see him making a flashy comeback with this one, because I really loved his Spider-Man films in spite of everything (what can I say, superheroes are my weakness). A prequel to the classic L. Frank Baum book, the story centers on Franco’s small-time circus magician with dubious ethics who finds himself transported to Oz and drawn into a battle between the three witches Theodora (Mila Kunis
), Evanora (Rachel Weisz
) and Glinda (Michelle Williams
Film also stars Zach Braff
, Abigail Spencer
and Joey King