Franco said playing the role ‘‘was really like I was stepping into the imaginative world of my childhood.’’
And coming into Oz through the wily wizard, whose origins were never fully explored in the Baum books, is an inspired way to revisit the world, he said.
‘‘It’s a great way to return to Oz through a character that you sort of know but not really,’’ the actor said. ‘‘Because of that, it’s a great entry that feels familiar and new.’’
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