Walt Disney Pictures ‘Oz: The Great and Powerful’ open casting calls

Walt Disney Pictures 'Oz: The Great and Powerful' open casting calls 1
Michelle Williams, Rachel Weisz, and Mila Kunis, will all return with Franco.
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Update March 5, 2013: Disney has announced that there will be a sequel film toOz: The Great and Powerful”. Auditions and Casting Calls will be posted on this site as they become available.

Casting has been completed on this project.

Casting on the upcoming fantasy feature film “Oz: The Great and Powerful,” is shaping up nicely, as James Franco has of course signed on to play Oz, the witches cast are Rachel Weisz as Evanorah (Wicked Witch of the East), Mila Kunis as Theadora (Wicked Witch of the West), and Michelle Williams as Glinda (Good Witch of the North).

Auditions for the film’s co-stars and supporting players continues in Los Angeles, and casting for additional speaking roles, extras, photo doubles, and stand-ins for the film’s main stars has begun in Detroit and Pontiac, Michigan.

Director Sam Raimi has worked with James Franco in the past, directing him in “Spider-Man”, “Spider-Man 2,” and “Spider-Man 3.” Mitchell Kapner wrote the initial script for “Oz: The Great and Powerful,” however Raimi brought in playwright-screenwriter David Lindsay-Abbaire to “touch up” up script.

“Oz: The Great and Powerful” is a prequel to the 1939 film “The Wizard of Oz,” and is based on material from author L. Frank Baum’s 13 novels that he wrote about the places and people of the Land of Oz. Joe Roth, Palak Patel, and Josh Donen are producing the film.

Principal photography on “Oz: The Great and Powerful” is set to begin July 25, 2011 in Pontiac, Michigan and continue through December 14, 2011. There will be studio sound stage filming also taking place in Los Angeles. The release date for “Oz The Great and Powerful” is scheduled for March 8, 2013.

Minors and foreign talent must be legally eligible to work in the state of Michigan and in the United States.

Information and documents for adults, minors, and foreign talent who would like to work as an actor or extra on film and television productions in Michigan and the United States:

• Michigan Child Work Permit Fact Sheet
• Michigan Youth Employment Standards Informational Sheet
• USA Child Actor Work Permit Requirements
• USA Immigration Work Permits and Visas
• Non-Immigrant USA Visa Application

In addition to the following Michigan Actors Resources:

• Michigan Casting Directors List
• Michigan Extras Casting Directors List
• Michigan Talent Agents List
• Michigan AFTRA SAG Franchised Talent Agents
• General Talent Agent Information
• Michigan Acting Schools and Classes List
• Michigan Headshot Photographers List
• Actors Unions
• Miscellaneous Michigan Resources
• Audition Tips
• How To Make an Audition Video
• Sample Actors Resume
• Sample Beginning Actors Resume
• Sample Casting Director and Talent Agents Cover Letters
• Entertainment Industry Terminology
• PDF Users Guides

The casting directors for “Oz: The Great and Powerful” in Michigan are looking for Caucasian male actors in Michigan:

•  Males, 18 yrs and older. Caucasian, must be between 5’9″ and 5’11” tall.

NOTE: Please put Caucasian Male 5’9″ to 5’11” in the subject line of your email.

The extras casting directors are seeking the following types in Michigan:

• Males and Females. 18 yrs and older, 6’8″ to 7′ tall.
• Males and Females. 18 yrs and older, 4’10” or shorter.
• Males and Females. Asian, 18 yrs and older.
• Tall Contortionist
• Fire Eaters
• Sword Swallowers
• Stilt Walkers
• Juggler w/knives
• Cowboy Roper

These are fully paid roles.

Make sure to put the specific type you are submitting for in the SUBJECT LINE of your email. Include all contact information and your location. Please do not submit now unless you fall in to one of the categories above. Many more roles will be available and posted soon.

There is also an open casting call scheduled for general background extras, stand-ins, and photo doubles for the film’s stars.

Open Casting Call Details

This casting call is for talent 18 years of age and older who are located in the Detroit and Pontiac, Michigan areas. People of any ethnicity or disability are welcome to attend this open casting call.

Information on how to submit for under 18 roles will be available here soon.


Raleigh Michigan Studios
1999 Centerpoint Parkway
Pontiac, MI 48341
Click Here for directions.


Saturday, June 11, 2011
11:00am – 4:00pm

Please bring 2 forms of photo ID, a recent color snapshot, and all contact information.

Principal Actor Casting

See the post titled Headshot and Resume Information regarding how to submit for acting roles.

Please submit photos and resumes by mail only.
No phone calls or personal drop-offs.

Los Angeles

Gail Goldberg
“Oz: The Great and Powerful” Casting
500 S. Buena Vista Street
Team Disney Building
Burbank, CA 91521
(Gail Goldberg is doing studio level casting, name star actors only)

Los Angeles & Michigan

Dylan Jury
John Papsidera
Automatic Sweat
“Oz: The Great and Powerful” Casting
5243 W. Washington Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90016

Extras Casting:

Los Angeles & Michigan:

Tracy Dixon/Chris Shefstad/Joseph Hicks/David Kramer
Casting Associates
“Oz: The Great and Powerful”
c/o Michigan Production Office
1999 Centerpoint Pkwy.
Suite 301
Pontiac, MI 48341

Tracy Dixon/Chris Shefstad/Joseph Hicks/David Kramer
Casting Associates
1301 Crenshaw Blvd.
Torrance, CA 90501
Los Angeles registration information line: 310-755-6200

Production Companies:

Do NOT send photos and resumes to the production companies, as they will most likely end up being thrown away. They do not cast the films, rather they hire casting directors who sort through the thousands of submissions.

“Oz: The Great and Powerful”
Los Angeles Production Office
Emerald City Films
12233 W. Olympic Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90064

“Oz: The Great and Powerful”
Michigan Production Office
Emerald City Films
1999 Centerpoint Pkwy.
Suite 301
Pontiac, MI 48341

Walt Disney Pictures
500 S. Buena Vista Street
Burbank, CA 91521

Roth Films
10202 W. Washington Blvd.
David Lean Building
Suite 119
Culver City, CA 90232

Renaissance Pictures
315 S. Beverly Drive
Suite 216
Beverly Hills, CA 90212

Stars Road Entertainment
10202 W. Washington Blvd.
David Lean Building
Suite 100
Culver City, CA 90232

Producers: Joe Roth, Sam Raimi

Director: Sam Raimi


James Franco – Oz, The Great Sorcerer
Mila Kunis – Theodora, The Wicked Witch of the West
Rachel Weisz – Evanora, The Wicked Witch of The East
Michelle Williams – Glinda, the Good Witch of the North
Zach Braff  – Frank


In 1900, L. Frank Baum published the book “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz,” which enjoyed incredible critical acclaim and financial revenue. Baum wisely wrote thirteen more novels based on the places and people of the Land of Oz. The film “Oz: The Great and Powerful” is based on various aspects of these novels, and is a prequel to “The Wizard of Oz” told from the wizard’s point of view when he first enters the Land of Oz, 50 years before Dorothy and Toto.

The Wizard (James Franco) is a young womanizing con artist using elaborate magic tricks, gimmicks, and props to make himself seem “great and powerful.” While working for a traveling circus, he is forced to flee in a hot-air balloon. One day his balloon gets caught in a tornado and accidentally sails into the Land of Oz. His real name is “Oscar Zoroaster Phadrig Isaac Norman Henkel Emmannuel Ambroise Diggs,” but since his initials spell PINHEAD, he shortens his name to just the first two letters of his initials – Oz. And on the side of his balloon were those letters OZ. He finds himself worshiped as a great sorcerer and Supreme Ruler of the kingdom, and does his best to sustain the myth. That is until he becomes caught up in civil war of a royal family of three young women who become the infamous witches Evanorah (Rachel Weisz) – the Wicked Witch of the East, Theadora (Mila Kunis) – the Wicked Witch of the West, and Glinda (Michelle Williams) – the Good Witch of the North. Theodora starts out as a good witch, alongside her beautiful sister Glinda, but after her sexual advances are jilted by Franco’s salesman, she’s convinced by Evanora to switch sides and help her older sister rule Oz.


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