'Oz the Great and Powerful' stars James Franco as the famous Wizard and Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz, and Michelle Williams as a trio of familiar witches.
And now with their new movie, “Oz the Great and Powerful,” Disney is putting the focus back on the mysterious con man whom Dorothy and her unusual friends visit to see if he can make their dreams come true.
When Dorothy’s dog Toto reveals that the frightening wizard is only a “man behind the curtain” (originally played by Frank Morgan), he tells them that he’s an old Kansas man himself and that he was performing with his balloon one day when a gale swept him into the land of Oz. (To Dorothy’s query if he was frightened, Morgan deadpans, “You are talking to a man who has laughed in the face of death, sneered at doom and chuckled at catastrophe! I was petrified.”) According to the Wizard, when he arrived, he was hailed as a magician and anointed with his current title. But was that really what happened? How does he actually know Glinda? What exactly went down in the land of Oz before Dorothy arrived?