Despite having a rotating door of a lead actor, the upcoming Sam Raimi film, OZ, THE GREAT AND POWERFUL has not only apparently locked in the titular role, but has also found itself quite a witch.

Vulture is reporting that Mila Kunis has left the upcoming Hughes Brothers film take on AKIRA to star in OZ as Theodorah, who later becomes the Wicked Witch Of The West. Actor James Franco is apparently locked in as the titular character as well.

The film will see Theodorah as a love interest for Oz, and “tells the story of the origins of the Wizard, and of Oz's infamous witches like Glinda, who becomes the Good Witch of the North, and Evanorah, who becomes the Wicked Witch of the East (though best remembered as the new, ruby-slippered sub-basement of Dorothy’s farmhouse).”

With actor Brad Pitt apparently turning down the lead role in AKIRA on Tuesday, that film appears to have stalled for all intents and purposes, which may ultimately prove to be the reason why Kunis decided to jump aboard this film.  Personally, I think she’s a perfect fit here, and with her and Franco attached to the film, this should be gaining quite a bit of steam moving forward. Kunis is a fine actress, and hopefully this will be yet another step forward for the ever-growing thespian.

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Born in the tiny Michigan city known as Holland, and raised in the even smaller city known as Saugatuck, I have been a film geek for the majority of my life, and have known film was my passion ever since the final frame of THE LION KING. I’m a romantic with a thing for 60’s pop music (preferably French), John Keats poems, and an even bigger thing for film noir. Currently a Journalism Major at Grand Valley State University, I am using my love of film, and my deathly, ninja-like, skill behind the keyboard to slowly take over the world. When I’m not writing about or watching film, I’m listening to music, particularly from the likes of TV on the Radio, Best Coast, and Semi Precious Weapons. I play the ukulele, and I also have a deep and intense love for Gustavo Santaolalla and Ennio Morricone, but then again, who doesn’t. I was drum major for my high school marching band for two years, I’m one of the four people who actually watched Dollhouse, and my favorite film of all time is Godard’s BREATHLESS. I’m a wannabe screenwriter, a wild thing, a nerd, a geek, and most importantly, I’m a lover of film. Oh, and I want to be Captain Planet when I grow up.

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