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'Oz: The Great and Powerful' trailer debuts at Comic-Con (+video)

'Oz: The Great and Powerful' is director Sam Rami's prequel to the original Wizard of Oz. The movie, 'Oz: The Great and Powerful' is about how the ruler of Emerald City came to Oz and became the character known in the 1939 film.

Oz: The Great and Powerful trailer
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There's no scarecrow, tin man, or Dorothy in Sam Raimi's Land of Oz. No ruby slippers or Toto, too.

Raimi offered a crowd of about 6,000 fans at the Comic-Con fan convention Thursday a sneak peek at his prequel "Oz: The Great and Powerful," due in theaters next year.

The maker of "Spider-Man" and its two sequels told fans that his film is the story of how the ruler of Emerald City came to Oz, so characters and many other familiar facets of the classic 1939 musical "The Wizard of Oz" do not appear.

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The film stars James Franco as a Kansas carnival magician whose hot-air balloon is blown to the magical realm by a tornado. Raimi says Franco's Oz is a selfish womanizer who's forced to become a nobler man in Oz.

Johnny Depp also made a splash at Comic-Con, and he wasn't even there.

Comic-Con fans got the first look at "The Lone Ranger," which stars Depp as Tonto.


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