Sure, there’s no place like home — but who would turn down a chance to go back to the merry old land of Oz?
Enter Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return, a 3-D animated musical based on Roger Stanton Baum’s 1989 novel Dorothy of Oz. (And yes, Roger is one of those Baums; original Oz author L. Frank was his great-grandfather.) The story follows the heroic Dorothy Gale (Lea Michele) back to the beloved fantasy land, where she and her pals — the Scarecrow (Dan Aykroyd), the Cowardly Lion (Jim Belushi), the Tin Man (Kelsey Grammer), and Glinda (Bernadette Peters) must face a wicked new villain: the Jester (Martin Short.)
The film won’t hit theaters for another few months — but you can get a first glimpse at it in the four addition exclusive images below. (Unfortunately, you’ll just have to imagine any Lea/Bernadette duets for now.)
Short’s Jester and his flying monkey (Filip Watermann) give the Wicked Witch of the West a run for her money.
Did somebody say “the Three Ozmigos”?
Other boldface names in the film include Hugh Dancy as Marshal Mallow (to Dorothy’s left) and Oliver Platt as Wiser the Owl.
And ahem, Smash fans (whoever you may be) — Megan Hilty also has a role as the film’s China Princess. Maybe she and Peters’s Glinda commiserate about how freaking tiny their waists are.
Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return hits theaters May 9.