‘Oz the Great and Powerful': Mila Kunis and Rachel Weisz catch fire

Feb. 25, 2013 | 6:40 p.m.
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A scene from "Oz the Great and Powerful." The film follows a magician who accidentally lands in Oz and encounters all manner of creatures. (Disney Enterprises)

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China Girl, voiced by Joey King, and James Franco in "Oz the Great and Powerful." (Disney Enterprises)

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Mila Kunis, left, and James Franco in "Oz the Great and Powerful." (Disney Enterprises)

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Michelle Williams, center, in "Oz the Great and Powerful." (Disney Enterprises)

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Finley, voiced by Zach Braff, in "Oz the Great and Powerful." (Disney Enterprises)

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Michelle Williams plays Glinda in "Oz the Great and Powerful." (Disney Enterprises)

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Mila Kunis, left, and James Franco in "Oz the Great and Powerful." (Merie Weismiller Wallace / Disney Enterprises)

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Finley, voiced by Zach Braff, and James Franco in "Oz the Great and Powerful." (Disney Enterprises)

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Finley (voiced by Zach Braff), left, China Girl (voiced by Joey King) and James Franco in "Oz the Great and Powerful." (Disney Enterprises)

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Rachel Weisz, left, and Mila Kunis in "Oz the Great and Powerful." (Disney Enterprises)

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Rachel Weisz and James Franco in "Oz the Great and Powerful." (Disney Enterprises)

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Michelle Williams in "Oz the Great and Powerful." (Merie Weismiller Wallace / Disney Enterprises)

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James Franco and Rachel Weisz in "Oz the Great and Powerful." (Disney Enterprises)

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Finley, voiced by Zach Braff, and James Franco in "Oz the Great and Powerful." (Disney Enterprises)

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China Girl (voiced by Joey King), left, and Finley (voiced by Zach Braff) in "Oz the Great and Powerful." (Disney Enterprises)

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Quadlings and Munchkins in "Oz the Great and Powerful." (Disney Enterprises)

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James Franco, left, and Mila Kunis in "Oz the Great and Powerful." (Merie Weismiller Wallace / Disney Enterprises)

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James Franco, left, and Mila Kunis on the set of "Oz the Great and Powerful." (Merie Weismiller Wallace / Disney Enterprises)

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James Franco, left, and director Sam Raimi on the set of "Oz the Great and Powerful." (Merie Weismiller Wallace / Disney Enterprises)

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Composer Danny Elfman says the score for "Oz" came upon him "lightning fast." (Patrick Wymore / Disney Enterprises)

With “Oz the Great and Powerful” landing in theaters in less than two weeks on March 8, a new clip from the film spotlights the interesting sisterly dynamics between a pair of witches played by Mila Kunis and Rachel Weisz.

The movie, which marks the first film from director Sam Raimi since 2009’s “Drag Me to Hell,” takes place before the events depicted in the landmark 1939 musical “The Wizard of Oz,” and is based on the classic literature of L. Frank Baum.

In the beginning of the clip, Kunis seems innocent and trusting, thrilled that the sleight-of-hand magician played by James Franco has arrived to broker peace in Oz. But in the final moment of the sequence, she reveals she also has one very hot temper.

What you don’t get from this clip is a sense of the film’s epic and saturated take on the fantastic world, a place first imagined more than 100 years ago by writer and actor Baum. Previously released trailers and teasers from the movie  have focused more on the lush visuals created by Raimi with the help of expert craftsmen including production designer Robert Stromberg, whose credits also include “Alice in Wonderland” and “Avatar.”

(Look for a conversation with Stromberg on Hero Complex in the coming days, as we count down to the release of the film with interviews with the cast and crew.)

The film also represents a reunion for director Raimi and prolific composer Danny Elfman, who hadn’t worked on one of Raimi’s films since 2004’s “Spider-Man 2,” but in an interview in his studio earlier this year, the composer said the score came “lightning fast” — he wrote the bulk of the music in only about six weeks.

Hero Complex will host a free screening of “Oz the Great and Powerful” at the AMC Century City 15 & IMAX on Wednesday, March 6. The event begins at 7:30 p.m. and will be followed by a Q&A with actor Zach Braff.

The RSVP opens at 10 a.m. Tuesday; log on to www.latimes.com/OZ to register to attend the screening.

– Deborah Netburn

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