Last month, we reported there was a potential power struggle between Disney execs and director Sam Raimi over the casting of an evil witch in this drama. The director insisted on casting Hilary Swank, although the studio opposed this and wanted Michelle Williams for the role. Since Mila Kunis had already locked in the Theodorah part, it was believed they were fighting over the Evanorah role. However, a few weeks later, Rachel Weisz began talks for the Evanorah role, and now Michelle Williams will play the good sister, Glinda.
Sam Raimi is directing Oz: The Great and Powerful from a screenplay by Mitchell Kapner and David Lindsay-Abaire. Production is scheduled to start this July in Michigan.
Oz: The Great and Powerful was released March 8th, 2013 and stars James Franco, Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz, Michelle Williams, Zach Braff, Bill Cobbs, Joey King, Tony Cox. The film is directed by Sam Raimi.