‘Emerald City’: Watch the Dark New Trailer for ‘Wizard of Oz’ Spinoff

Will Thorne
Variety

Dorothy certainly isn’t in Kansas anymore, and neither is she in a recognizable version of Oz.

In a new trailer for NBC’s “Wizard of Oz” re-imagining “Emerald City,” Dorothy is transported to a land which seems strangely akin to Westeros, with blue-faced tribal people replacing the traditional diminutive munchkins.

The trailer shows a much darker, more action-packed version of the tale, as dark magic mixes with kingdoms locked in a bloody battle for supremacy. Sound familiar?

Also gone is the adorable terrier Toto from the original 1939 movie, and in his place is a bulky K9 police dog who looks like he could do more damage than snapping at someone’s heels.

“True Detective” actress Adria Arjona brings a more street wise, warrior-like update to Dorothy, and the trailer also appears to reveal that Dorothy discovers the new version of the Scarecrow, in this case a crucified man covered in hay played by Oliver Jackson-Cohen, along the side of a road. Not exactly Ray Bolger’s brainless yet lovable companion from the original movie.

The new series is inspired by L. Frank Baum’s “Wizard of Oz” tales, and was revived by NBC after the network previously passed on the project in 2014 with “Do No Harm” creator David Schulner at the helm.

The trailer also features Vincent D’Onofrio as a Merlin-esque take on the wizard himself. Joely Richardson, Florence Kasumba, and Ana Ularu also co-star in the show, which will have a two-hour special event premiere on Friday, Jan. 6 at 9 p.m.

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