March seems an odd time to release a great big fantasy movie like Oz The Great And Powerful, but Disney had great success at that time with Alice In Wonderland, and while the March release of John Carter didn’t work out so well, they’re sticking with it for Oz. As a result they’re really getting going on the marketing, to ensure everyone knows its coming before Sam Raimi’s movie hits cinemas.
Now a octet of new images from the movie have been released many of which come from USA Today, showing us beautiful witches and James Franco having a chat with a china doll. Oh, and there’s a monkey bellboy too! There are also four pics showing off the beautiful fantasy landscapes, suggesting this is going to be a very beautiful Oz.
The USA Today articles also has Raimi talking a little about the movie, saying, “[Franco’s character Oscar Diggs] is mistaken for Oz the Great and Powerful, destined to be the next king of Emerald City. But he’s only to receive that title if he can defeat the Wicked Witch.”
He also comments on the pic of Franco and the doll, “Everything in the land, the houses and people made of china, have been broken by the Wicked Witch and her army. Oscar find the pieces of this china doll and puts them together, and hence the China Girl (voiced by Joey King) is saved. He’s telling her she has to go back to the Emerald City, where she’ll be well taken care of. But she won’t have any of it. He’s going to learn by the end of this scene that he’s not the only huckster in the bunch.”
Franco stars alongside Michelle Williams, Mila Kunis and Rachel Weisz. Expect it in cinemas March 8th, and a new trailer is due soon. Click on the pics below for larger versions.