Disney has released a new trailer for Sam Raimi’s Oz: The Great and Powerful which stars James Franco, Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz, Michelle Williams and Zach Braff.
The trailer begins in black and white with the old Hollywood 1.33:1 aspect ratio (like the teaser trailer), and then switches to the modern 2.35:1 aspect ratio, complete with vibrant CGI, witches, and the strange inhabitants of Oz.
Watch the trailer below:
When Oscar Diggs (James Franco), a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics, is hurled away from dusty Kansas to the vibrant Land of Oz, he thinks he’s hit the jackpot—fame and fortune are his for the taking—that is until he meets three witches, Theodora (Mila Kunis) Evanora (Rachel Weisz) and Glinda (Michelle Williams), who are not convinced he is the great wizard everyone’s been expecting.
Reluctantly drawn into the epic problems facing the Land of Oz and its inhabitants, Oscar must find out who is good and who is evil before it is too late. Putting his magical arts to use through illusion, ingenuity—and even a bit of wizardry—Oscar transforms himself not only into the great and powerful Wizard of Oz but into a better man as well.
Oz: The Great and Powerful will be released March 8th, 2013, and Disney will be hoping to replicate the success of Alice in Wonderland. It actually looks better than Tim Burton’s film, but we’ll have to wait to see if it’s just as popular.