The first trailer for Sam Raimi’s Oz: The Great and Powerful was screened at Comic Con during the Disney panel, and luckily for those not in attendance it has now been uploaded online.
The trailer begins in black and white with the old Hollywood 1.33:1 aspect ratio, and when Oz is in sight it switches to the modern 2.35:1 aspect ratio, complete with CGI galore.
The fact we’ve already seen CGI filled fantasy worlds in Alice in Wonderland and Snow White and the Huntsman softens the wow-factor slightly, but i’m still optimistic that Sam Raimi can do something special with it, especially with the cast involved.
Here’s the official synopsis:
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