The fairytale comes back to life in a just-released trailer

By Gabrielle Olya
Updated November 19, 2014 07:30 PM
Credit: Jonathan Olley/Disney

Get your glass slippers shined and ready!

Disney has released a new trailer for their live-action Cinderella movie, which will hit theaters in March. The visually stunning clip transports viewers into the world of the classic fairytale – and reveals some unexpected casting choices.

Here are six things we learned from the theatrical trailer (watch it below).

1. Cate Blanchett is downright scary.
The Oscar-winner portrays Cinderella’s evil stepmother, Lady Tremaine – and does so quite convincingly! Not surprising is that like the ever-fashionable Blanchett herself, her character is impeccably dressed in some truly spectacular costumes throughout the trailer.

2. Rose from Downton Abbey plays Cinderella.
You may recognize Cinderella as the outspoken cousin from the Emmy-nominated British period drama. Now, Lily James has completely transformed into the title character, looking like she’s popped right out of a storybook.

3. Helena Bonham Carter is playing the anti-Bellatrix.
While many would have guessed Bonham Carter would be playing the evil stepmother, the actress was actually cast as the Fairy Godmother (though we do get a glimpse of her looking like a frightening old lady in the trailer).

4. Glass slippers are surprisingly comfortable – who knew?

At least, according to Bonham Carter’s Fairy Godmother’s assurances to Cinderella as she transforms her rags into a breathtaking gown with a twirl of her magic wand.

5. Helena Bonham Carter isn’t the movie’s only tie to the Harry Potter films.
The movie is directed by Kenneth Branagh, who played Professor Gilderoy Lockhart in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

6. This isn’t the first time Prince Charming has wielded a sword on screen.
Richard Madden – and his swoon-worthy blue eyes – played Robb Stark on Game of Thrones (until he was killed during the infamous “Red Wedding” episode).

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