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From The Huffington Post...For nearly as long as there's been talking cinema, the first voices added to flickering scenes reeled out to astounded audiences in picture houses, child stars have won the hearts of moviegoers. And why not? So often depicted as angelic, perfect versions of what childhood should be, singing and causing well-intentioned trouble, Hollywood's young leads became everyone's sons and daughters, little sisters and best friends.
The tradition, perhaps most originally and still best embodied by 30's curly-cued Shirley Temple, has now, it seemed, been handed down to Joey King. First seen in summer 2010's "Ramona & Beezus," embodying that good-intentioned youngster in the Beverly Cleary book adaptation, she's now found her way into two of the biggest films being cast in Hollywood.
All at the age of 11.
Having already signed on to the new Batman film, "The Dark Knight Rises," King just nabbed a highly coveted role in the upcoming Disney prequel, "Oz: The Great and Powerful," joining an already star-studded cast.
According to Variety, King will play China Girl, a girl made of porcelain whom the Wizard, played by James Franco, takes under his wing after Rachel Weisz's Wicked Witch Evanora kills her family.
King also joins Mila Kunis, set to play eventual Wicked Witch of the West Theodora, and Michelle Williams, cast as Glinda the Good Witch.
Disney recently announced that the film will hit theaters March 8, 2013.Looks like we'll get to see two depictions of this character here in the next years; Megan Hilty will voice the China Doll Princess in 2012's animated Dorothy of Oz, and Joey King will play the China Girl in 2013's Oz the Great and Powerful.
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For the most part, I don't read post-Reilly and Lee Oz books. Sure a few exceptions, mostly if the Club published them or I know the author. But when I turned up How the Wizard Came to Oz on the shelves at Books of Wonder years ago, I was hooked! I never dreamed I'd find such an Ozzy book, the Denslow-esque illustrations adding much to the charming story. Loved it!
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