While Michelle Williams is likely getting more buzz these days for My Week with Marilyn, which arrives in theaters on November 23rd, she also has Sam Raimi’s Oz: The Great and Powerful in the works. Williams had some interesting things to say about playing the iconic Glinda in the film.

The LA Times ran an article on Williams’ involvement in Oz: The Great and Powerful. Raimi’s film, which also stars James Franco, Rachel Weisz and Mila Kunis, has Franco playing a con man from Kansas who hopes to achieve fame and fortune in Oz. Of course, things don’t go as planned when he gets there and encounters three witches, one of which is played by Williams.

By comparison to the research Williams did to play Marilyn Monroe for My Week With Marilyn, it sounds as though her homework was already done for her when it came to Oz. Williams says she’d already seen The Wizard of Oz numerous times because it’s one of her daughters favorites, however it doesn’t like we should expect the same Glinda we saw in the classic Judy Garland film.

Williams said Sam Raimi wants a fresh take on the character:
“In the ‘Wizard of Oz’ film we all know and love, she’s omniscient and doesn’t have a lot of human qualities,” the 31-year-old explained. “She’s not fully realized in that way -- she’s not a dimensional person. That’s where she ends up, and my Glinda is where she’s starting out.”?

It’s certainly intriguing to hear that, considering there really isn't much depth to the original character. We hardly get to know Glinda in The Wizard of Oz. Sure, she’s friendly and she helps Dorothy get back to Kansas, but what’s her back-story? Broadway musical Wicked (based on Gregory Maguire's novel "Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West") explores that subject as it takes the story of Oz back to the days when G(a)linda and the future Wicked Witch of the West were college pals. While Oz: The Great and Powerful will be its own alternate tale (or prequel, from the sound of it) to The Wizard of Oz, it also sounds like we’ll be getting to know the local witches a bit better.

We have over a year to wait for Oz: The Great and Powerful. Disney currently has the film set to release on March 8, 2013. More on the movie can be found in our Blend Film Database.

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