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Joshua Brunsting

February 17th, 2011

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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