The story and characters of Oz might be sacred to most, but James Franco says the big screen prequel to the iconic story - "Oz: The Great And Powerful" - will satisfy fans while putting a new spin on the classic tale.
"It's going very, very well," he said of the Sam Raimi-directed Oz movie, while promoting his current movie, "The Rise of the Planet of the Apes," in Los Angeles on Sunday.
"I've been in Detroit for almost a month now and we were rehearsing for quite a while and we've been shooting for about a week and it's going very, very well," he told Access . "I am playing the Wizard of Oz, but if you'll remember, the Wizard in the original 1939 film is an older man, so it's another great opportunity to kind of do a new rendition on a franchise or a tradition, but it's in a fresh way."
The 33-year-old actor understands the importance of appeasing the story's massive fan base, but since this story is a prequel, James said some of the rules go out the window.
"There are no real expectations of how the younger version of Oz should be," he explained. "I do follow a tradition, but I also have a certain amount of freedom to create the character."
As for what a young Wizard of Oz will look like, James said picture him super retro!
"The original book came out in 1900," he told Access , "A lot of it will kind of take place a 100 years ago, so if you can imagine that kind of suit."
"Oz: The Great And Powerful," also starring Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz and Michelle Williams - is slated to hit theaters in 2013.
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