It’s been a while since he has graced our screens, during which time Ryan Gosling has been able to sidle in and firmly take the number one position of ‘gorgeous, kooky and incredibly smart guy’, but finally, James Franco is back, and with a bang, with his upcoming movie Oz The Great and Powerful.

About time too.  Any film where James Franco doesn’t hack off his own arm is one that I’m keen to watch.

Oz The Great and Powerful brings back Franco with Spiderman director Sam Raimi, as well as Alice in Wonderland producer Joe Roth, so expect a massive budget, lots of special effects and a fair bit of psychedelic colour usage.

Oz is a sort of prequel to the famous 1939 film, The Wizard of Oz, that pulled MGM from near-bankruptcy and shot Judy Garland straight into the spot light.  Big shoes to fill.

James Franco plays Oscar Diggs, a small town circus magician with a lack of morals, who is transported into the beautiful and colourful World of Oz.  He thinks he’s hit the jackpot, until he meets the three witches, played by Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz and Michelle Williams.

While my inner fan girl is excited to have a new excuse to drool over James Franco, and his supporting cast in Kunis, Weisz and Williams is certainly competent, I feel that Oz could really go either way. While ideally, we as the audience will be swept away by beautiful imagery, a quirky storyline and great acting, it could be a massive flop.

The Wizard of Oz is considered such an iconic masterpiece, with stirring songs and that amazing switch from sepia to technicolour (which has been replicated in this film), one does wonder how well a film can be in comparison.

Only time will tell, but let’s be honest, either way, come March I’ll be seeing Oz The Great and Powerful.

Are you excited for this film?  Are you a James Franco fan?  Let me know!