The second trailer for Oz the Great and Powerful has been officially released. Besides just the Wizard of Oz connection, comic book fans should take note of the movie because it was directed by Sam Raimi, who as the trailer reminds was the director of the original Spider-Man trilogy.
According to the description of the movie from Disney, “Oz The Great and Powerful imagines the origins of L. Frank Baum’s beloved character, the Wizard of Oz. When Oscar Diggs (James Franco), a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics, is hurled away from dusty Kansas to the vibrant Land of Oz, he thinks he’s hit the jackpot–fame and fortune are his for the taking–that is until he meets three witches, Theodora (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz) and Glinda (Michelle Williams), who are not convinced he is the great wizard everyone’s been expecting. Reluctantly drawn into the epic problems facing the Land of Oz and its inhabitants, Oscar must find out who is good and who is evil before it is too late. Putting his magical arts to use through illusion, ingenuity–and even a bit of wizardry–Oscar transforms himself not only into the great and powerful Wizard of Oz but into a better man as well.”
The trailer is visually impressive and will likely bring back childhood memories for pretty much every one on the planet who watched Wizard of the Oz on TV when they were growing up. Nostalgia is hot in the movie industry right now, as audiences appear to be connecting best with characters they are familiar with, so Oz could wind up doing better than even Disney suspects. Oz The Great and Powerful is due to be released in movie theaters on March 8, 2013.