The Wizard of Oz, originally written in 1900 by Frank K. Baum and published as The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, is one of the most enduring fantasy classics written in modern times. The new television series Emerald City dials back the whimsical aspects of the books as Baum wrote them and pushes Oz into brave new territory: that of a sweeping epic fantasy saga, about magic, and power, and control of a mystical land called Oz.
The new series stars Vincent D’Onofrio (he plays Kingpin in the Netflix series Daredevil) on board as the wizard and Tarsem Singh — the filmmaker responsible for moody, visually stunning projects such as The Cell and Snow White tale Mirror Mirror — shepherding the series as director and executive producer. True Detective actress Adria Arjona portrays Dorothy in the series. The supporting cast includes Oliver Jackson-Cohen (The Raven) as a character named Lucas, Ana Ularu (Inferno) as West, Isabel Lucas (Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen) as Anna, Stefanie Martini (Prime Suspect 1973) as Lady Ev, and Gerran Howell (Young Dracula) as Jack.
It’s got all the elements. Dorothy is sent to Oz via tornado with her dog Toto, and accidentally kills the Wicked Witch of the East. The Scarecrow is there, and the Cowardly Lion, and the Tin Man, but all reimagined in fascinating ways. The ten episode series premieres January 6 on NBC.