Get a closer look at Oz: The Great and Powerful in 6 gorgeous pics

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Jan 14, 2013, 2:52 PM EST

Hold on to your hot-air balloons—Oz: The Great and Powerful is heading our way. Disney's released six new images from the fantasy epic featuring the title character and those sister witches. Check out the revamped and rediscovered Land of Oz.

Thanks to L. Frank Baum's book and 1939's The Wizard of Oz, we all know the wizard isn't all he's cracked up to be. But upon his arrival in the whimsical land, he's given a new identity. His real name is Oscar Diggs (James Franco), but he's "mistaken for Oz the Great and Powerful destined to be the next king of Emerald City," according to Sam Raimi. "But he's only to receive that title if he can defeat the Wicked Witch."

Even though Oscar's not great or powerful, he accepts the challenge. Portrayer Franco reveals, "Everyone thinks he's the wizard; he has to maintain this façade of being a fantastical wizard to save his hide."

Here's a sneak peek at Diggs as he makes his way to the Dark Forest.

Oz: The Great and Powerful hits theaters March 8.

(via USA Today)