Just a few weeks ago we heard that Disney and director Sam Raimi were at odds whether to cast Michelle Williams or Hilary Swank as one of the witches in Oz, The Great and Wonderful. Disney apparently wanted Williams who is coming off a Best Actress Oscar nomination earlier this year for Blue Valentine, while Raimi was said to be after Swank.
Well it looks like Disney got what they wanted as according to Variety Michelle Williams is now in talks to join the film as Glinda, who eventually becomes the Good Witch of the North.
Mila Kunis (Black Swan) has already joined the film as the youngest sister Theodorah, who goes on to become the Wicked Witch of the West. Rachel Weisz is currently in talks to play the villainess Evanora, a powerful and evil witch who intends to rule the land and eventually becomes the Wicked Witch of the East, however the actresses has also been offered The Bourne Legacy with Jeremy Renner, so whether Weisz heads to Oz or not will depend on scheduling.
Oz, the Great and Powerful follows a circus wrangler (James Franco) who is transported by a tornado to the mysterious world of Oz. Once there he gets mistaken for a know-it-all, and eventually becomes the Wizard of Oz. No release date has been set, but once the main cast is sorted Disney aims to begin filming later this year.