Academy Award nominee Michelle Williams (Blue Valentine) has been cast as Glinda in Oz, the Great and Powerful.

Williams will star opposite James Franco (127 Hours), Mila Kunis (Black Swan) and Rachel Weisz (The Brothers Bloom) in the fantasy adventure.

Oz, the Great and Powerful – a prequel to The Wonderful Wizard of Oz – tells how the Wizard (Franco) arrived in Oz and became the ruler.

Sam Raimi (The Evil Dead) will direct from a script penned by Mitchell Kapner (Romeo Must Die) and David Lindsay-Abaire (Rabbit Hole).

Production is expected to begin later this year.

Source: Showblitz