‘Oz: The Great and Powerful’ Trailer Screencaps: What Secrets Lie Within?
The new ‘Oz: The Great and Powerful‘ trailer has finally hit, and it’s been long overdue since the first teaser trailer debuted at San Diego Comic-Con earlier this year. After a slew of new pics from the Sam Raimi‘s movie, not including the three ‘Oz’ posters preceding the new trailer’s release, we finally have a full-length look at ‘Oz: The Great and Powerful’ with more stunning footage and a deeper peek into the film’s plot. But there are a few things that might have been lost amidst the hype.
After watching the ‘Oz: The Great and Powerful’ trailer for the um-teenth time, we’ve pulled a ton of images from the video to uncover some details about the movie and who this infamous Wicked Witch of the West could be.
Pegged as an origin story to ‘The Wizard of Oz,’ ‘Oz: The Great and Powerful’ features James Franco as Kansas-based stage magician Oscar Diggs, who, through the magic of twisters, is whisked off to the land of Oz. Upon his arrival, he’s believed to be a great wizard who’s been foretold to be the savior of Oz, but there are three witches — Glinda (Michelle Williams), Theodora (Mila Kunis) and Evanora (Rachel Weisz) — he has to convince first.
So, other than the breathtaking imagery, what other secrets can we learn from the ‘Oz: The Great and Powerful’ trailer? Click on each of the images for a larger view.
Here’s that famous twister that will transport Dorothy to Oz down the road.
As we’re so clearly reminded that ‘Oz: The Great and Powerful’ is directed by the guy behind the ‘Spider-Man’ trilogy, we realize we are not in Kansas anymore.
Yup, definitely not in Kansas!
In the books, ‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz’ and ‘The Patchwork Girl of Oz,’ the Yellow Brick Road actually has more than one path to The Emerald City, one of which leads off to China Country and the other Dorothy famously treks along.
Meet Theodora, “the good witch.” We shall see, Mila Kunis… We shall see.
Take a real look inside The Emerald City.
“Poppies! Poppies!” Theodora’s sister witch Evanora seems like a baddie if she planted these sleep-inducing plants all around her tower… castle… whatever she’s standing on. And remember one of the first images to be released of ‘Oz: The Great and Powerful’ that featured Glinda summoning some kind of fog? Well, now we know why she needs it.
Speaking of Evanora! Meet Kunis’ on-screen sister. She’s here to serve.
The Emerald City is all the more spectacular at night!
We were wildly speculating what all this gold could mean when the image was revealed the other day, but now we know it’s the treasury of Oz and Digg’s reward if he manages to kill the Wicked Witch of the West.
Diggs and his flying monkey pal Finley (Zach Braff) come across the first sign of devastation left by the Wicked Witch. But where is the smoke coming from? Both the sign and the windmill in the distance hint that it’s….
… China Country, where giant pieces of, well, china act as homes for the inhabitants who are fragile enough to shatter into pieces when dropped.
That…laugh! It sounds oddly familiar, doesn’t it? Definitely not the deep-throated cackle we all know. It sounds more like the higher-pitched voice of… Mila Kunis?
And here’s China Girl, voiced by child actress Joey King (‘Crazy, Stupid, Love’), who’s trying to recover from the witch’s attack.
Oscar Diggs finally meets Glinda, but what has caught their attention? Based on the lighting, characters in the image, and the previous scenes in the trailer, we’re guessing they’re still in China Country. Is the witch returning to finish her work? And who’s that a statue of in the background?
Finally, we get to see what Diggs and Glinda were staring at in the sky in that new poster. What is it exactly? Based on the images we’ll show you down the line, this is probably the beginning of the Wicked Witch of the West’s grand entance.
“Fly, my pretties! Fly!” Here we get the first image of the army of flying monkeys. In the book, ‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz,’ the Wicked Witch was able to summon them by means of a magical Golden Cap. Does this mean Evanora is really the classic green baddie?
It’s Diggs, Finley and China Girl on the road again, but we have a question for you: Do these woods look familiar? We might be crazy in suggesting this, but are these not the same woods from the classic ‘The Wizard of Oz’ where Dorothy and her troupe get accosted by the flying monkeys? Also, when those crows said, “You’re gonna die,” they were probably talking about…
Remember that flaming, grey cloud that was gathering in the previous scene? Here’s a fireball shooting forth from it, which knocked back Diggs and Glinda…
… And here’s the Munchkins cowering in fear over what’s going on with said fireball off screen.
Are these those Oz soldiers that famously performed that “Oh-wee-oh!” song in ‘The Wizard of Oz’? …
… Nope! It’s just the Munchkins.
Ah! The plot thickens. So it looks like that earlier image of Evanora looking out as Glinda’s mist covered the poppies was located in The Emerald City. In this new still, you can see the mist floating around the surroundings as the flying monkeys zoom out. Looks like Evanora has taken over the city, but Glinda is coming for her.
Earlier in the ‘Oz: The Great and Powerful’ trailer, Oscar Diggs confesses he might not be the wizard everyone thinks he is. Glinda says essentially, “I know that, but the Munchkins don’t.” So now it seems he’s trying to use his stage magician illusions to fool everyone else.
What do you think the residents of The Emerald City have to celebrate? Are these the same fireworks that the Munchkins were setting off from the woods in an earlier scene?
As soon as Diggs lands in Oz, he encounters Theodora, both of whom are the only characters featured in this still wearing the same clothes they were seen in from the beginning of the trailer. This must be earlier in the movie where she’s taking him to The Emerald City.
By the looks of those hats and heads (and size), Diggs and Glinda are trying to rally the Munchkins into action (against the witch?).
Now, are these the same soldiers who served the Wicked Witch of the West in ‘The Wizard of Oz’? They look a lot like the Munchkins when they were all dressed up.
Glinda has made it (presumably) inside The Emerald City to Evanora. Let the magical showdown commence!
That party in The Emerald City is under attack… but by whom?
Here’s that image of Glinda again summoning her mist to defuse the poppies…
…but how will she be able to get past the flying monkeys? They’re kind of freaky up close.
As that fireball that shot out of the sky in Munchkin Land begins to take form, we’re left wondering: Who is the Wicked Witch of the West? Based on everything we’ve learned from the trailer — Evanora and Theodora are sisters, Evanora summoning the flying monkeys, the poppies, and the fact that the Wicked Witch’s cackle sounds an awful like Mila Kunis — our bet is that Theodora (Kunis) is the infamous Wicked Witch of the West and Evanora (Weisz) is the Wicked Witch of the East, who we never actually meet in ‘The Wizard of Oz’ as Dorothy’s house impales her. So… where do the ruby slippers come in, we wonder?
Anything you saw in the new ‘Oz: The Great and Powerful’ trailer that we didn’t address? Watch it here and let us know what new tid bits you can pick up in the comments.