Vulture is on the money, that's just what will be happening, as Mila Kunis - fresh from making Natalie Portman bust in her mouth like gushers, motherfucker - is said to be the favourite for the Wicked Witch of the West in Sam Raimi's upcoming Oz: The Great and Powerful.Okay... pardon my male chauvinism, but you paint this young lady green and there will be a whole new generation wanting to make like Captain Kirk. And if
Raimi's Wizard of Oz prequel has been an interesting proposition from the start, even though casting news has been pretty much all we've got from it thus far, with the title role being passed around from Robert Downey Jr to Johnny Depp and finally (or so it seems) to James Franco. The above report suggests that the hiring of Kunis is what convinced Franco to officially sign on. This would seem to indicate the two will share screen time, which I guess is interesting as the characters have no scenes together in The Wizard of Oz. That said, I'm entirely unfamiliar with the books which inspired the movie, which I'm given to understand are pretty far removed from the glittery, all-singing all-dancing version we're all accustomed to.
It's interesting that this obviously big budget movie is willing to go for younger names with less proven box office pull. With Raimi behind the camera, it's fair to expect something visually spectacular with a good dose of off-the-wall humor; and if Franco can pull off a performance half as amusing as his uncredited cameo in The Green Hornet, this could rock big time.
And Kunis... like, I said, pardon my chauvinism, but she is just damn sexy, and she rocked the house in Black Swan. Like Franco, she's a long way off being the most obvious choice for the role. All this would seem to indicate a film that will take us all by surprise.
Incidentally, the Vulture piece is also well worth a look for its info on the long-gestating live action Akira; Kunis had apparently been up for the female lead in that, and her choice to go with Oz instead has left a question mark over the project. To which I must say - good. Any movie where they would consider casting the fortysomething Brad Pitt as the teenage Kaneda would suggest a desperate need for a reassessment of priorities.
So in the meantime, let's get back to picturing Kunis with green skin in this kind of get up...
Yep - sold.
See you in the cinema, 2013.