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 The Evil Dead (Sam Raimi's first film) appear in this - Bruce Campbell as a Winkie guard and Ellen Sandweiss, Betsy Baker and Theresa Tilly as Quadlings.
    • 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 The Lone Ranger instead.
    • 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.

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