THR are reporting that Oscar-winner Rachel Weisz is in talks to play the villainess in Sam Raimi’s Wizard Of Oz spin-off ‘Oz, The Great and Powerful.’ Weisz would play Evanora, a powerful, evil witch who intends to rule the land. She is the sister of Theadora (Mila Kunis) and tries to seduce her to the dark side.

The film is said to follow Oz (James Franco) as a young illusionist with a grandiose attitude who is forced to flee a travelling circus. His hot air balloon is swept up by a tornado to the land of Oz, which is inhabited by Glinda, who becomes the Good Witch of the North, and Evanorah, who becomes the Wicked Witch of the East.

‘Oz: The Great and Powerful’ is pencilled in for a 2013 release. I love the sound of the premise, which when added to the fact that I’m a humongous Sam Raimi fan pretty much means I’m sold on this flick already! Mila Kunis is set to play Theodorah, the younger sister of Evanorah who goes on to become the Wicked Witch of the West and to cackle the iconic lines “I’ll get you, my pretty … and your little dog, too!” Expect more casting news soon.