Michelle Williams is all of a flutter as she talks about her part in the new Wizard of Oz Reboot. L. Frank Baum’s good witch Glinda is an all knowing, all understanding and all powerful being in the land of oz, and for the most part, she knows exactly what needs to be done.
Raimi and Williams it seems had some very different ideas. Oz the Great and Powerful which opens it’s doors this Friday much to the joy of loving fans around the globe sees Glinda taking more of a helpless role than we’ve previously seen in past Oz incarcerations.
Raimi says this was a conscious choice, and one he and Williams often discussed on set.
Glinda can’t be omniscient because then she has no struggle.
If she already knows everything about the situation, there’s nothing for her to discover.
The film which is not quite a prequel and certainly not a sequel stands on its own amongst the plethora of Oz remakes and reboots. It references the Oscar winning musical and for anyone who loved that, you’re in for a treat.
This Friday we’ll all watch in ore as James Franco plays the lackadaisical wizard Oz, starting out from humble beginnings as a magician/ conman who finds himself accidentally transported into the weird and wonderful world of Oz. It is in this magical and mythical land that he encounters Glinda (played by Williams) and of course the pair of less likable sister-witches Theodora and Evanora (Played by Mila Kunis and Rachel Weisz).
Michelle said that in preparation for her role in the film, she read a bio of Baum and nearly all 14 of the authors astonishing books which included a ‘Keeping Glinda’ notebook.