Michelle Williams Signs on as Glinda in ‘Oz: The Great and Powerful’

There are many stars preparing themselves to play a role in the prequel to the “Wizard of Oz” which is entitled, “Oz: The Great and Powerful.” Now Michelle Williams has joined the ranks.

Based on information from the Hollywood Reporter, the charming actress has been tapped to play the role of Glinda the Good Witch.

James Franco had been previously named as playing the role as an underhanded salesman who arrives at Oz in his balloon and he becomes the Wizard of Oz.

Rachel Weisz is slated to play the part of the Wicked Witch of the East, Evanorah, who, many years before being crushed by Dorothy’s house, tries to get her younger sister, Theodorah, to become a bad witch too. Mila Kunis plays the part of Theodorah, who apparently gives in to her sister’s wishes as she turns into the Wicked Witch of the West.

Before Williams was offered the part of Glinda, Blake Lively, of “Gossip Girl” fame was believed to have the inside track for the part. However, Kristin Chenoweth, who has appeared as Glinda in “Wicked” the Oz musical, believes she knows who would be the best choice for the role. She said, “I always liked the thought of Reese Witherspoon [as Glinda].”

“Oz: The Great and Powerful” is slated to go into production in July. It will be filmed in Michigan and will be released in the fall of 2012.

By Julie Harmon On May 18, 2011

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