Vulture is reporting that Mila Kunis has been cast as Theodorah / the Wicked Witch of the West, in Sam Raimi’s Oz, The Great and Powerful. Kunis will star opposite James Franco in the prequel to the 1939 classic “The Wizard of Oz”:
The closely guarded Oz script, reimagined most recently by playwright turned screenwriter David Lindsay-Abaire (Rabbit Hole; Inkheart), tells the story of the origins of the Wizard, and of Oz’s infamous witches like Glinda, who becomes the Good Witch of the North, and Evanorah, who becomes the Wicked Witch of the East (though best remembered as the new, ruby-slippered sub-basement of Dorothy’s farmhouse).
After a recent meeting with Raimi and Wizard James Franco, all agreed that Kunis would be perfect for the part of Theodorah, the younger sister of Evanorah who goes on to become the Wicked Witch of the West and, of course, to cackle iconic lines like, “I’ll get you, my pretty … and your little dog, too!” With her involvement assured, we’re told that Franco finally agreed to do the picture.
Oz, The Great and Powerful is expected to hit theaters in 2013.