"Glee" star Lea Michele is following the yellow brick road to an all-new 'Oz' adventure, and we have a sneak peek at the upcoming CGI-animated musical 'Dorothy of Oz'!
"It's just really nice to get to step into a different world for a little while," says Lea. "I thoroughly enjoy being at William McKinley High School Monday through Friday at 'Glee,' but it's been really great to step into another world and play another character for a little while. It only makes the job that I do every day even more enjoyable."
Taking place where the original 1939 film left off, Dorothy (Michele) wakes up back in Kansas after the tornado has devastated her community. She finds a new means to transport back to Oz, only to discover that her three friends – Scarecrow (Dan Aykroyd), Lion (Jim Belushi) and Tin Man (Kelsey Grammer) – have disappeared. It turns out a new villain, The Jester (Martin Short), is trying to take control of Oz, and Dorothy must band together new and old friends to defeat him.
"The 'Wizard of Oz' film was definitely a household film for me -- it was one of the, like, four on rotation I made my mother play over and over again for me," says Lea. "To have the opportunity right now, at 24, to be making an animated version of the movie is just so cool."
'Dorothy of Oz' features all your favorite, lovable Oz characters, plus several new ones, including Wiser the Owl (Oliver Platt), Tugg (Patrick Stewart), marshmallow man Marshal Mallow (Hugh Dancy), and a tiny, bossy China doll princess (Megan Hilty).
Based on the book by Roger Stanton Baum, the great grandson of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz author L. Frank Baum, the state-of-the-art CGI-animated film features original songs by Bryan Adams and Tift Merritt.
The animated film is scheduled for a spring 2012 release.