Trivia / Oz: The Great and Powerful
Actor Allusion: James Franco and Mila Kunis were romantically involved in the film Date Night as well.
Awesome, Dear Boy: Rachel Weisz got the script through her agent and loved the role, lobbying hard for it - despite Raimi not thinking she was right. After an audition and two hour conversation with Raimi, she got the part of Evanora.
Dyeing for Your Art: Mila Kunis's make-up took four hours to apply and another hour to remove. It took two months for her skin to recover from the damage.
Playing Against Type:
Heavily for Rachel Weisz. She's normally cast as hyper competent or intelligent Brainy Brunette types - and usually always heroic characters. As noted above, she really had to lobby for the role.
Directing example too. Sam Raimi taking on a PG Disney fantasy blockbuster.
Playing with Character Type: Theodora starts out within Mila Kunis' type but then turns into the .
Wicked Witch of the West Production Posse:
Four out of five actors from (Sam Raimi's first film) appear in this - Bruce Campbell as a Winkie guard and Ellen Sandweiss, Betsy Baker and Theresa Tilly as Quadlings.
The Evil Dead Sam Raimi also worked with James Franco on the Spider Man trilogy. He and Danny Elfman had also worked together on the first two of those films.
Remake Cameo: By proxy. A grandson of Burt Lahr (the original Cowardly Lion) plays a Tinker.
Stillborn Franchise: Mila Kunis and James Franco said they signed on for sequels but as of 2017 nothing has materialised. Sam Raimi has also said he would not direct a second film.
What Could Have Been:
Robert Downey Jr was the first choice to play Oscar but wasn't interested. Johnny Depp was approached but he opted to work on instead.
The Lone Ranger Michelle Williams was also the first choice for the role of Evanora, with Hilary Swank as the second. Blake Lively was also offered the role of Glinda.
John C Reilly was considered to play Frank.
Sam Mendes was approached to direct before Sam Raimi came on board.