Michelle Williams is in talks with Disney for the role of Glinda, the good witch, in “Oz, the Great and Powerful.” Casting now completes the coven of three witches the Mouse House needed to move forward with the fantasy pic that starts lensing in
Michigan in July.
Williams’ character would team up with snake oil salesman James Franco to face off against her evil sisters, played by Rachel Weisz and Mila Kunis, in a power struggle for control of the magical land of Oz.
Williams most recently appeared in “Blue Valentine,” opposite Ryan Gosling, and has wrapped “My Week with Marilyn,” and “Take This Waltz.”
Sam Raimi is helming “Oz,” a prequel to “The Wizard of Oz,” from a script by Mitchell Kapner and David Lindsay-Abaire (“Rabbit Hole”). Joe Roth (“Alice in Wonderland”) produces. No release date has yet been set, but Disney is eager to have “Oz” follow in the footsteps of “Alice,” which broke the $1 billion mark at the B.O. Pic could bow as early as fall 2012.