The very first character posters from the sequel-turned-prequel to 2012’s Snow White and the Huntsman have arrived. And with Emily Blunt, Jessica Chastain, and Charlize Theron in their most fabulous looks, it will at least look great if nothing else.

In The Huntsman: Winter’s War, we get to see how the Snow White’s Evil Queen first met the Huntsman, and it’s as baroque as you’d expect. Here’s the official synopsis:

Long before the evil Queen Ravenna (Theron) was thought vanquished by Snow White’s blade, she watched silently as her sister, Freya (Blunt), suffered a heartbreaking betrayal and fled their kingdom. With Freya’s ability to freeze any enemy, the young ice queen has spent decades in a remote wintry palace raising a legion of deadly huntsmen—including Eric (Hemsworth) and warrior Sara (Chastain)—only to find that her prized two defied her one demand: Forever harden your hearts to love.

When Freya learns of her sister’s demise, she summons her remaining soldiers to bring the Magic Mirror home to the only sorceress left who can harness its power. But once she discovers Ravenna can be resurrected from its golden depths, the wicked sisters threaten this enchanted land with twice the darkest force it’s ever seen. Now, their amassing army shall prove undefeatable…unless the banished huntsmen who broke their queen’s cardinal rule can fight their way back to one another.

Pesky love, always ruining evil plans. Also, I guess Freya and Ravenna are like evil Frozen characters in this, which is an interesting take.

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The posters have Hemsworth, Chastain, Blunt, and Theron in full regalia. And you’ve got to love that Hemsworth is the least intimidating out of all them:

You’ve got until April 22, 2016, to prepare for this.


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