By Rose Walano
Updated Mar 08, 2013 @ 12:25 pm
Credit: Courtesy Disney (2)

James Franco stars as the titular Oz in Oz the Great in Powerful, in theaters today. And while we think it's a lucky gig, considering that his leading ladies include InStyle's March cover girls, Michelle Williams, Mila Kunis, and Rachel Weisz, we were surprised to learn that it was another character from the Wonderful original that sparked his interest in the series (yep, series—Disney just announced that there would be a sequel). "Looking back, I would say, if I identified with anyone, it would have been the Scarecrow," Franco told at the Cinema Society screening of Oz earlier this week, just a few days before receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. "I was a huge fan of Oz when I was a boy and read all the books." Even more than the iconic set of characters the novels were known for, though, Franco loved the fantasy element of the film. "It was more about how I was transported to fantastical land, that was the main attraction for me." A fun reason, indeed! Visit to find out where Oz is playing near you.

Plus, see our cover shoot video with the Wonderful Witches of Oz!