Michelle Williams signs on to play Glinda the Good Witch in OZ: THE GREAT AND POWERFUL

Kate Erbland

May 17th, 2011

It looks as if Sam Raimi's OZ: THE GREAT AND POWERFUL is slowly coming together with a pretty top-notch cast. Despite rumors that Raimi was seeking to cast Hilary Swank as a witch in his new take on THE WIZARD OF OZ, it appears that he's lost out to the will of Disney, who wanted to cast Michelle Williams instead. Today comes the announcement that Williams has in fact landed the role for Raimi and Disney, and it will see her as Glinda the Good Witch, pitted against two evil sisters.

In Raimi's OZ, Rachel Weisz and Mila Kunis will playthose  two evil sisters who come up against Glinda and the Wizard, "a snake-oil salesman who lands in Oz and helps Glinda fight for control of the kingdom." Oz, of course, will be played by James Franco (seriously, of course).

As our friends at Cinema Blend note, this role in OZ will mark Williams' first role in a huge tentpole film. Despite being a big Hollywood name, Williams has never gone the route of unremarkable rom-com or high-action comic book film. She's preferred more independent fare with tougher plots - stuff like WENDY AND LUCY, BLUE VALENTINE, and MEEK'S CUTOFF. The closest she's come to a big Hollywood film is Martin Scorsese's SHUTTER ISLAND. I love the idea of Williams hitting "the big time" with the potential of OZ.

OZ: THE GREAT AND POWERFUL will be in theaters sometime in 2013.

Source Variety, via Cinema Blend

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