L. Frank Baum’s “The Wizard Of Oz” is here. Except that the new NBC TV show isn’t anything like the childhood story we’ve all come to love.
In a complete reimagining of the city of Oz, “Emerald City” depicts its own version of the events that led Dorothy Gale (Adria Arjona), now 20 years old, from a farm in Kansas to the magical city. Swept by a tornado after wishing there was more, Dorothy finds herself and a trained K-9 police dog walking down a yellow brick road to see the Wizard (Vincent D’Onofrio).
The farm girl now finds herself in a mystical world peppered with black magic, evil witches, lethal warriors and is soon trust into a battle between good and evil.
Watch the promo of “Emerald City” below:
Here are five things we learned from watching the trailer of the NBC show:
1. It’s Got A “Game Of Thrones” Vibe
Larger than life sets, elaborate costumes and good graphics definitely give viewers of the trailer a “Game Of Thrones” vibe. Directed by Tarsem Singh, “Emerald City” was filmed in three European countries, according to Deadline. Add to that, none of the characters look like the ones in the original “Wizard Of Oz” story.
2. Magic Is Banned In Emerald City
Despite the fact that a man named the Wizard rules Emerald City, magic is banned in his realm. But the Wizard has a lot of things to worry about besides the arrival of a mysterious girl with a dog. A rebellion is brewing and war is coming to the city.
3. The Scarecrow And Dorothy Are Lovers
Dorothy discovers the Scarecrow (Oliver-Jackson Cohen) while battling evil witches. He is decidedly more handsome than the original one and the two quickly hit it off. “I woke up in a place I don’t belong. But then I found you,” she tells her lover.
4. Science And Magic Clash
The ultimate battle in Oz is between science and magic. Glinda (Joely Richardson), a powerful witch who has forsaken her magic and power in order to live under the Wizard’s rule, informs him that there is a war between science and magic coming to Oz.
5. Dorothy Is More Than Just A Girl From Kansas
Dorothy holds the key to stopping the war. “Ask yourself why you were brought to Oz,” the Wizard tells Dorothy in the promo, “Are you just a girl from Kansas, or are you more?”
The two-hour series premiere of “Emerald City” airs on Friday, Jan. 6, 2017 at 9 p.m. EST on NBC.