Disney fans take the legacies of their beloved characters very seriously, so when it comes to casting actors and actresses for live-action remakes, directors have some major glass slippers to fill. 

*cue nervous breakdown*

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Fortunately, Disney has cast some incredible talent to take on these revered roles (and the costume designers haven't done a shabby job, either). 

Here's what 12 live-action Disney characters look like compared to their animated originals:


The Mad Hatter from "Alice in Wonderland"

Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter
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Johnny Depp played the Mad Hatter in the 2010 live-action version.


Alice from "Alice in Wonderland"

Alice in Wonderland live-action version
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Mia Wasikowska played Alice in the 2010 live-action version.


Belle from "Beauty and the Beast"

Emma Watson as Belle from "Beauty and the Beast"
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Emma Watson played Belle in the 2017 live-action version. 

Watson recently had to defend her character after critics condemned the actress for "glorifying" a woman who suffers from Stockholm Syndrome.


Maleficent from "Sleeping Beauty"

Angelina Jolie as Maleficent
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Angelina Jolie played Maleficent in the 2014 live-action version. 

She recently confirmed that she signed on for "Maleficent 2." 


Mowgli from "The Jungle Book"

Mowgli in the live-action version of The Jungle Book
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Neel Sethi played Mowgli in the 2016 live-action version.


Cinderella from "Cinderella"

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Lily James played Cinderella in the 2015 live-action version.


The stepmother from "Cinderella"

Cate Blanechett in "Cinderella"
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Cate Blanchett played Cinderella's evil stepmother in the 2015 live-action version.


Cinderella in "Cinderella"

Brandy as Cinderella
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Brandy played Cinderella in the 1997 live-action version.


Ariel from "The Little Mermaid"

Asian Ariel in the live-action version of "The Little Mermaid"
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Diana Huey currently plays Ariel in a live-action theater version. 

(But unfortunately, racists have an issue with an Asian-American actress playing the iconic character.)


Aladdin from "Aladdin"

Who was cast as Aladdin in the live-action version?
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Mena Massoud is set to play Aladdin in the upcoming live-action version. 


Jasmine from "Aladdin"

Who's playing Jasmine in the live-action version of "Aladdin"?
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Naomi Scott is set to play Jasmine in the upcoming live-action version. Fans might know her from the 2017 remake of "Power Rangers."


Jafar from "Aladdin"

Who is playing Jafar in the live-action version of Aladdin?
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Marwan Kenzari is set to play Jafar in the upcoming live-action version.