Dearborn Girl Has a Cameo in Sam Raimi 'Wizard of Oz' remake
"Oz The Great and Powerful," which was filmed in Michigan, hits theaters this weekend.
There's a little bit of Dearborn in the merry old land of Oz—at least in the Sam Raimi version of the iconic film that hits theaters this weekend.
Dena Salmaci shares that her daughter, Ava, "was one of the quadlings hand picked from Director Sam Raimi for Oz The Great and Powerful."
"She is in the trailer and on the Disney website," Salmaci shares.
Check out the photos above—Ava Salmaci is the girl farthest to the right in the yellow dress. In the other photo in the Emerald City, she's in the front row, also wearing yellow.
The film—which hits theaters Friday—was filmed in Pontiac by Michigan-native director Raimi, and cast tons of Michigan actors and residents.
Kevin Walsh, a Royal Oak parent and Humanities Chair at University of Phoenix-Detroit Campus, reviewed the film on Royal Oak Patch.
The plot turns appropriately away from some expected conclusions and its ending is a nice melding into the Oz that awaits Dorothy in 30 or so years. But unlike other “family films,” when the dad offers to re-fill everyone’s popcorn three times just to escape, it’s likely to keep everyone seated. Grandparents, parents and their kids will most likely flock to the visual feast, but, like Wicked at the Fisher Theatre or TBS’s showing of The Wizard of Oz for the hundredth time, it will be because of the tight-writing and strong acting. Oz The Great and Powerful is a great getaway from the cold winds and snow of Michigan to the magical land of Pontiac, where principals like Jim Moll can count on good witches and wizards to save the day.
You can catch Oz The Great and Powerful at the AMC 21 Fairlane in Dearborn this weekend and beyond. Click here for showtimes.