My favorite “Dawson’s Creek” alum just scored a major gig and I couldn’t be any happier for her. Michelle Williams landed the role of Glinda the Good Witch in “The Wizard of Oz” prequel, “Oz, the Great and Powerful“. She joins a star-studded cast which includes James Franco, Mila Kunis and Rachel Weisz in the Disney flick. Director Sam Raimi is helming the project.
Williams is the last person to round out the cast due to an intense stand-off with Raimi and Disney. The studio was passionate about Williams playing Glinda while Raimi wanted Hilary Swank. Obviously, the studio won out and I’m glad. While I love watching Michelle in indie films like “Blue Valentine” and “Brokeback Mountain“, I want box office success for her. The 30-year-old actress has been nominated twice for an Academy and a blockbuster movie is long overdue on her resume.
With her cherubic quality, Williams is the perfect choice to play the Good Witch. Mila Kunis will play Theodora, a pre-Wicked Witch of the West, while Rachel Weisz portrays Evanora, an already wicked witch. James Franco will play the salesman who eventually becomes the Wizard. Just follow the yellow brick, ya’ll.
Williams can be seen next in “Take This Waltz“, a dramedy starring Seth Rogen and Sarah Silverman. She’ll also appear as Marilyn Monroe in “My Week With Marilyn“. Great to see Michelle doing so well. Who’s laughing now, Joey Potter?