For fans of “The Wizard of Oz” and “Wicked,” here comes another offering to add to the pantheon. “Oz the Great and Powerful” debuted a new trailer during Super Bowl XLVII and it promises a wild romp through a magical world.

This prequel to the 1939 classic stars James Franco as the titular wizard. Before he was the Wizard of Oz, he was Oscar, a magician and con man who goes on the run in a hot air balloon and winds up in Oz.

Once there, he convinces everyone he’s a powerful wizard — except three witches, Evanora (Rachel Weisz), Glinda (Michelle Williams) and Theodora (Mila Kunis). Zach Braff also stars; the director is Sam Raimi, of “Spider-Man” (2002) and “Evil Dead”. “Oz the Great and Powerful” hits theaters on March 8.

Posted by:Andrea Reiher

TV critic by way of law school, Andrea Reiher enjoys everything from highbrow drama to clever comedy to the best reality TV has to offer. Her TV heroes include CJ Cregg, Spencer Hastings, Diane Lockhart, Juliet O'Hara and Buffy Summers. TV words to live by: "I'm a slayer, ask me how."