In NBC’s Emerald City, the Yellow Brick Road is made out of poppy seeds — and that’s just the beginning of the surprises.
“It’s a reimagined, darker version of what we all know of The Wizard of Oz,” teased Adria Arjona, who plays Dorothy, when she stopped by the EW lounge at San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday. “It’s based mostly on the books more than the movie.”
One of the biggest differences between the TV adaptation and movie: Arjona’s Dorothy won’t wear ruby red slippers. That might leave some fans perplexed, but Arjona hinted that part of her wardrobe is ruby red. “They’re not slippers, but I do have something,” said the coy actress, who later suggested she wears gauntlets, a.k.a. armored gloves.
Don’t worry, though — flying monkeys will abound and Arjona will have Scarecrow, Tin Man, and Cowardly Lion in her squad, albeit with a twist. “I think people will play guessing games [over their identities],” she said. “[They’ll ask], ‘Is that the Lion? Is that the Tinman?’ It will slowly be revealed. It’s a lot more mysterious.”
Arjona added: “I think the Scarecrow people will know right away.”
Check out the video above to learn more about Emerald City before it premieres on NBC in 2017.
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