Seattle Mayor Proclaims 'Oz the Great and Powerful' Day

The coastal city, which shares the "Emerald" nickname, celebrates Disney's film on Thursday, March 7.
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Seattle mayor Michael McGinn officially proclaimed Thursday, March 7, to be Oz the Great and Powerful Day in the coastal city.

While the film's Emerald City was the brainchild of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz author L. Frank Baum, Seattle has been nicknamed “The Emerald City” due to its lush evergreen forests and more than 6,000 acres of parkland within the city.

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Sam Raimi’s film imagines the origins of the wizard character in Baum’s novels, played by James Franco, and how he made his way from Kansas to the Land of Oz. Mila Kunis, Michelle Williams, Rachel Weisz, and Zach Braff also star.

Oz the Great and Powerful hits U.S. theaters Friday, March 8.