I can only imagine what it was like to see The Wizard of Oz for the first time back in 1939. After spending your entire life watching movies in black and white, all of a sudden there was Judy Garland standing on a yellow brick road in a blue dress wearing ruby slippers. The transition is one of the most iconic parts of the movie and it's likely that we will never see anything like it ever again (even the 3D transition in Tron Legacy couldn't match that impact). But while that cinematic experience may never be matched, Sam Raimi will be paying homage to it in the upcoming Oz: The Great and Powerful.
TeenSpot recently had the chance to sit down with child actress Joey King, who plays ChinaGirl in the prequel, and she says that much like Victor Fleming's 1939 film, Oz: The Great and Powerful will begin in black-and-white and move into color when the characters inhabit the world of Oz. She also opened up a bit about her character, saying that, also like Fleming's movie, she will be playing two roles. "I play Wheelchair Girl and China Girl," King said. "Wheelchair Girl is in Kansas and China Girl is my main character, she’s in most of the movie. She’s really fun – she’s sassy. She lost her family when the Wicked Witches came in. Now, Oz sort of becomes her adopted father." The character is called China Girl because she is entirely made of porcelain, making her very fragile.
Everything I hear about this film makes it sound better and better. It has an amazing cast, including James Franco, Michelle Williams, Rachel Weisz, Mila Kunis, Zach Braff and Abigail Spencer, and it's always great to see Raimi back behind the camera. Shame we won't be seeing it until March 8, 2013.
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