Sam Raimi's L. Frank Baum-inspired Oz The Great and Powerful is set to hit theaters in just two months and, today, actress Rachel Weisz spoke with The Sun about her character, the Wicked Witch of the East.
“It was a fun idea to be playing someone who is really, really bad," Weisz told the outlet. "I can’t think of any roles that I’ve had like that before... She’s really, really a bad person and she revels in being bad.”
Weisz joins a cast that includes James Franco, Mila Kunis, Michelle Williams, Zach Braff, and Joey King, set in the magical world created by L. Frank Baum.
When Oscar Diggs (Franco), a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics, is hurled away from dusty Kansas to the vibrant Land of Oz, he thinks he's hit the jackpot--fame and fortune are his for the taking--that is until he meets three witches, Theodora (Kunis), Evanora (Weisz) and Glinda (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 the great and powerful Wizard of Oz but into a better man as well.
“It’s a Disney film," Weisz continues, "so I shouldn’t say she is ‘turned on’ by evil, but that’s what it is like... She enjoys it, like the meaner she is the more pleasure she gets."