Oz in the News 5.18.11

Michelle Williams picked for ‘Good witch’ Glinda in ‘OZ’  Disney has tapped Michelle Williams to play Glinda, the good witch, in Disney’s “Oz, the Great and Powerful,” Variety’s Marc Graser and Justin Kroll exclusively report. Williams’ casting completes the coven of three witches that Disney needed to move forward with the fantasy pic that starts shooting in Michigan in July. Williams’ character would team up with snake-oil salesman James Franco to face off against her evil sisters, played by Rachel Weisz and Mila Kunis, in a power struggle for control of the magical land of Oz. Sam Raimi is helming “Oz,” a prequel to “The Wizard of Oz,” from a script by Mitchell Kapner and David Lindsay-Abaire (“Rabbit Hole”). Pic could bow as early as fall 2012.

Production starts on ‘Oz’ film at Raleigh Michigan studios  Production on the $100 million-plus “Wizard of Oz” prequel “Oz” has begun at Raleigh Michigan Studios in Pontiac, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation announced today. “Oz” will be the first feature to film at Raleigh Michigan Studios, the former GM space that has been transformed into a massive 175,000-square-foot production facility with more than 360,000 feet of office space. The movie, which will also star Mila Kunis, is expected to occupy the Raleigh space through the rest of 2011.

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