Exclusive: Weisz Couldn't Wait to Be Wicked in Oz
By DAVID WEINER
February 06, 2013
Disney's Oz The Great and Powerful lands in theaters March 8, and along the yellow brick road Disney's spring issue of Disney twenty-three magazine has plenty of lollipop details about the incredible production. We have a sneak preview, plus an exclusive image of Rachel Weisz from the article!
"I thought it would be really fun to be bad, to be wicked," says Weisz of what drew her to play the witch Evanora, whose headdress was designed to give her the look of a bird of prey.
The flagship magazine of D23: The Official Disney Fan Club hits stands February 12 with an exclusive tour of the Land of Oz in the cover story A Great and Powerful Odyssey.
The feature article includes interviews with Weisz, Michelle Williams and Zach Braff and behind-the-scenes craftsmen about working on the magical Sam Raimi film on soundstages in Pontiac, MI. Details include the thought process behind the 50/50 split between real and virtual sets, such as the giant tea kettles of China Town's teacup village, and how the Deco-style architecture of Emerald City is a completely original take on designs inspired by Hugh Ferriss (the highly influential delineator whose look inspired Batman's Gotham City and many real-life architects).
The new Disney twenty-three also has a sneak peek of 2014's Maleficent starring Angelina Jolie, and continues the Oz theme with Emerald City fashions, a great story detailing Walt Disney's early attempts to bring Oz to the big screen, plus a fond, full-color look back at Disney's Return to Oz from 1985, a stunning film with incredible production design that was sadly overlooked at the box office at the time of its release, but now is considered a cult classic.
The mag also celebrates the 15th anniversary of Disney's Animal Kingdom, concept art from November's upcoming Disney movie Frozen in Time, and much more.