If you're frequenting this site, I can safely assume that you've seen The Wizard of Oz. Well there's good news for those of you who ever wanted to know the story behind the enigmatic Wizard that the title alludes to. Even better news if James Franco happens to be your favorite flavor of studmuffin. Franco-centric Tumblr James Franco Forever has recently leaked a first peek at James as the Wizard shortly after his journey to Oz. Hit the jump to take a look at the man behind the curtain.
In the Sam Raimi fantasy Oz The Great and Powerful, Franco portrays Oscar Diggs, later known as the Wizard first seen in the L. Frank Baum series of books, chronicling his origins and early adventures in Oz. Diggs is a circus magician who finds himself whisked off to the mystical land of Oz, where he thinks he can find fame and fortune. His plan hits a rough patch when he meets three witches, Theodora (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz) and Glinda (Michelle Williams), who aren't buying his wizard act. Oscar Diggs then finds himself in the middle of a heap of trouble, but with a little magical illusion and some ingenuity, he develops into the great and powerful Wizard as well as a better man.
The film drops on March 8th, 2013 and with this leak, let the hype for this exciting origin story begin: