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Wednesday 20 August 2014

Fans get sneak peek of Oz prequel

Oz: The Great And Powerful stars James Franco as a Kansas carnival magician

Sam Raimi offered a crowd at the San Diego Comic-Con a sneak peek at his prequel Oz: The Great And Powerful.

The maker of Spider-Man and its two sequels told fans that his film, starring James Franco, is the story of how the ruler of Emerald City came to Oz, so characters and many other familiar facets of the classic 1939 musical The Wizard Of Oz do not appear.

The film - due out next year - stars James as a Kansas carnival magician whose hot-air balloon is blown to the magical realm by a tornado.

Raimi said James's Oz is a selfish womaniser who is forced to become a nobler man in Oz.

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