Walt Disney Pictures' Oz The Great and Powerful pulls from the rich literary world of L. Frank Baum who, between 1900 and 1920, wrote 14 novels set in his classic fantasy world. The film opens in Australian cinemas in 3D on March 7 and North America on March 8.
Directed by Sam Raimi, Oz The Great and Powerful follows Diggs (James Franco), a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics, who is hurled away from dusty Kansas to the vibrant Land of Oz. He thinks he's hit the jackpot and that fame and fortune are his for the taking -- that is until he meets three witches, Theodora (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz) and Glinda (Michelle Williams), who are not convinced he is the great wizard everyone's been expecting. Reluctantly drawn into the epic problems facing the Land of Oz and its inhabitants, Oscar must find out who is good and who is evil before it is too late. Putting his magical arts to use through illusion, ingenuity -- and even a bit of wizardry -- Oscar transforms himself not only into Oz the great and powerful but into a better man as well.
Below, you can check out a guide to some of the incredible characters set to soon hit the big screen.
Oscar Diggs is a small-time magician who takes his magic act on the road as part of a traveling circus in the Midwest. A man with dubious ethics, Diggs is a handsome, charming charlatan who is skilled at smooth-talking his way out of problems. When he is hurled into the magical Land of Oz, Oscar faces a fight-or-flight dilemma that holds the fate of a kingdom in the balance, forcing him to decide what kind of man he truly is before it is too late.
Theodora is a beautiful, naÔve witch who is protected by her powerful sister Evanora. Theodora only wants peace to come to the Land of Oz and truly believes that a prophesied wizard will arrive someday to restore order.
Evanora is Theodoraís over-protective sister. With her penetrating gaze, she exudes a powerful presence and has positioned herself as the royal advisor and protector of Emerald City.
Glinda is a good witch who rules over a peaceful kingdom of simple, kind folk. Beautiful Glinda is not only a compassionate and benevolent witch, but also a fierce protector of her people. Though Glinda sees through Oscarís faÁade early on, she knows genuine goodness lies within and helps Oscar achieve his true destiny.
Joey King (voice)
China Girl is from the village of China Town, where everything, including the inhabitants, is made of china. When destruction befalls her land, the brave, resilient China Girl encounters Oz and they strike up an unlikely friendship.
Zach Braff (voice)
Finley is a winged monkey that accompanies Oscar on his journey. Finley doesnít have a high opinion of Oscar and lets him know it. Ultimately he becomes a loyal ally and helps Oscar discover his true self.
Frank is Oscarís assistant and right-hand manóheís the money handler, costume mender and prop wrangler for Oscarís magic act. Frank is put upon and underappreciated but is Oscarís only friend.
Knuck is a dour, unsmiling Munchkin, who, as the Herald of Emerald City, announces all the visitors. Despite his cantankerous demeanor, he is loyal to Glinda and thus reluctantly becomes Oscarís ally.
The Winkies are the formidable, spear-carrying, 8-foot tall, uniformed guards of Emerald City under the command of Evanora.
The Quadlings are inhabitants of Glindaís kingdom. They are kind-hearted, simple country folk who are mostly farmers.
The Munchkins are giggling, happy little people, who live peaceful lives singing and making pretty clothes. Though they donít have a care in the world, they are loyal to Glinda and do their best to help her if and when she needs them.