1st tantalizing look at James Franco in Raimi's Wizard of Oz film

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Dec 17, 2012

We knew Sam Raimi was tackling the Wizard of Oz universe in his upcoming Oz: The Great and Powerful, and now we finally have our first peek at James Franco as the title character, via some leaked promotional art.

The pic, which shows a promotional sheet in Italian with a vintage-style pic of Franco sporting a top hat, definitely shows off the quirky style Raimi is aiming for.

Check out the pic below (click for a larger version):

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We don't know a ton about the movie, which is eyeing a 2013 release, but here's the brief synopsis that has been making the rounds:

"A prequel to The Wonderful Wizard of Oz that tells how the Wizard arrived in Oz became the ruler."
Sound off: Will you be checking out Raimi's Oz origin tale?

(James Franco Forever via Bleeding Cool)