The Black Swan actress has been offered a role in Sam Raimi’s upcoming prequel-ish Oz, The Great And Powerful, as Theodorah, the younger sister of Evanorah who goes on to become the Wicked Witch of the West. Those of you up on your Oz lore knows that this will make Kunis the future Wicked Witch of the East and a future target for a Kansas farmhouse dropping out of the skies.
Vulture is reporting that Raimi was able to snatch Kunis away from the Hughes Brothers’ upcoming live action adaptation of the classic anime Akira, which had her the role of Kei, a young rebel who becomes the love interest of the lead Kaneda who is searching the Tokyo of the future for his missing friend. They are also reporting that Kunis’s involvement has sealed the deal with James Franco to star as the titular Kansas caroival huckster who is transported to the magical kingdom and mistaken for a powerful wizard.
The screenplay for Oz, The Great And Powerful landed on last year’s Black List of the best unproduced scripts circulating through Hollywood, though reportedly David Lindsay-Abaire (Inkheart) has just turned in a polish. Production is set to start at the Walt Disney Studios in July.