This spring, Sam Raimi’s  Oz, The Great and Powerful will take audiences back down the yellow brick road to tell the story of Oscar Diggs (James Franco), the huckster magician who becomes the powerful Wizard of Oz.

The first trailer for Oz, The Great and Powerful hinted at the film’s vibrant re-imagining of the magical land of Oz. Now a series of new pictures from show more of the film’s fantastical setting, as well as some of its characters.

The images, via USA Today, reveal an Oz that is unlike anything we’ve seen before. As Raimi explains, “There’s not a single leaf that exists that wasn’t designed.”

One of the more interesting photos reveals Diggs talking to China Doll – a character from China Country (which is featured in L. Frank Baum’s original novel, but not in the famous 1939 film). We also see some more of China Country (called Chinatown in the film) in the photo with Finley the Winged Monkey (voiced by Zach Braff).

As Raimi explains, being made of china in a world of angry wicked witches is not ideal.

“They’re realizing that the plaster pieces on the cobblestones are not just of the ceramic structures that the china people use as houses and buildings, but also the china chips on the ground are made of the china people themselves.”

After the destruction of Chinatown, China Doll takes up forces with Diggs on his way to fight the Wicked Witch. Presumably, when the new trailer for Oz, The Great and Powerful hits this Wednesday, this subplot and others will be seen in more detail.

Personally, the first trailer for Oz, The Great and Powerful felt a bit too much like Disney’s Alice in Wonderland, which, though a financial success, was a largely incomprehensible mishmash of zany characters and eye-popping 3D.

At second glance though, Oz does have a lot to offer. In addition to its impressive visuals, the movie boasts a strong cast, led by Franco, Rachel Weisz, Michelle Williams, and Mila Kunis, and a great director in Raimi.

What do you think? Is Oz, The Great and Powerful one of your must-see movies of 2013?

Source: USA Today