A little movie company called Disney announced that the blockbuster Oz will be filmed in Michigan! The AP reports:
A Sam Raimi-directed prequel to the story of “The Wizard of Oz” â€” called simply “Oz” â€” will be filmed later this year at a Detroit-area studio that recently opened on the site of a former General Motors truck plant and office complex.
Raleigh Michigan Studios said Friday the Disney film will be the largest feature to shoot in the state, which has been luring some major film projects in recent years thanks to a program that offered some of the most generous tax credits in the nation.
…”‘Oz’ was originally written in Holland, Michigan, and so it is fitting that our great state should be part of this new production,” said Michigan Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville.
The film also represents a homecoming for Raimi, who grew up near Detroit and attended Michigan State University. He’s known for such movies as “Spider-Man” and “The Evil Dead.”
While the Michigan Film Incentive that brought this production to Michigan looks to be doomed, a bill was introduced last week to preserve the tax credit.
WOOD-TV has details on the cast for Oz which tells the story of the Wizard’s arrival and rise to power. James Franco will play the Wizard with Mila Kunis & Rachel Weisz in the role of Wicked Witches East & West with Blake Lively as Glinda. You can get the details on casting for extras for Oz: The Great and Powerful from MichiganActing.com. It will come as no surprise that they are Looking for people age 18+ that are 4′ 10″ or shorter, but they’re also looking for folks that are 6’8″+ as well.
While we don’t have a video directly related, but this video of the University of Michigan Marching Band performing the Wizard of Oz last fall is pretty cool!