Rachael Weisz to play the evil witch in `Oz` prequel

Updated: May 04, 2011, 16:52 PM IST

London: Oscar-winning actress Rachel Weisz will star in the upcoming prequel to the 1939 classic `Wizard of Oz`.

The actress will play the role of an evil witch in `Oz: The Great and Powerful`, reported Contactmusic. Weisz, 40, will play Evanora, a powerful witch who intends to rule the land and attempts to get her sister on her side in order to get help.

The `Constant Gardner` actress agreed to star in the film alongside James Franco as the titular wizard and Mila Kunis as her sister Theadora, the good witch.

This Sam Raimi directed project is Disney`s take on a story about a girl from Kansas who is swept away to the magical Land of Oz.

The actress, who split from `Black Swan` director Darren Aronofsky last year, was last seen in `The Lovely Bones`. She is currently working on Fernando Meirelles` `360` alongside Jude Law, Sir Anthony Hopkins and Ben Foster.