Mila Kunis to star in 'Oz, the Great and Powerful,' report says
Mila Kunis is reportedly set to star in the new "Wizard of Oz" movie prequel, "Oz, the Great and Powerful."
The 27-year-old actress recently sealed a deal to play Theodora, the youngest of three witches, Variety reported. James Franco plays the title role, an illusionist who ends up in Oz after a tornado blows his hot air balloon off course and later becomes the wizard and ruler of the magical land.
Theodora starts off as a good witch but decides to join forces with her evil sisters after Franco's character rejects her sexual advances, Variety said.
A spokesperson for the actress, who recently played as a manipulative dancer in the dark thriller "Black Swan" alongside Natalie Portman, had no immediate comment on the report.
Kunis, who is also known for her role as feisty Jackie from the comedy series "That '70s Show," told OnTheRedCarpet.com at the 2011 Oscars, which Franco co-hosted in February, that she doesn't want to be a "one-trick pony" when it comes to her career.
Sam Raimi, who directed Franco in the "Spider-Man" trilogy, is the director of "Oz, the Great and Powerful."
Franco and Kunis played a couple in the 2010 comedy movie "Date Night," which starred Steve Carell and Tina Fey.
The iconic 1939 movie "The Wizard of Oz" is based on the 1900 book "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" by L. Frank Baum. More than a dozen sequels were published and the third book, "Ozma of Oz," was adapted into the 1985 movie "Return to Oz," which stars Fairuza Balk and Jean Marsh.
An animated "Oz" film is also in the works - "Dorothy of Oz." The 2012 movie features the voices of "Glee" actress Lea Michele, Dan Aykroyd and "Star Trek" star Patrick Stewart. "Glee" guest stars Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth played witches in the musical "Wicked," which is adapted from a novel that is also based on characters from "The Wizard of Oz."