Back in 2010, “Alice in Wonderland” was a fanciful wonder on screen and at the box office for Disney pulling in more than one billion dollars. In fact, that might be considered the last time Johnny Depp had a real box office blockbuster. Depp is returning to play the Mad Hatter in “Alice In Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass.” So let’s all hope for a return to 2010 when it comes to his star power at the box office.
The sequel will revisit Lewis Carroll’s beloved stories with an all-new new tale that travels back to Underland—and back in Time. “Alice In Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass” is produced by the returning team of Joe Roth, Jennifer Todd, Suzanne Todd, and Tim Burton. John G. Scotti is the executive producer; Linda Woolverton (“Maleficent,” “Alice In Wonderland,”) penned the screenplay.
The gang, as they say, has been brought back together for the cast:
- Johnny Depp (“Pirates of the Caribbean” films, “Alice In Wonderland,”) returns to the big screen as the Mad Hatter—Hatter Tarrant Hightopp.
- Anne Hathaway (“Les Misérables,” “Alice In Wonderland,”) portrays the White Queen—Mirana.
- Mia Wasikowska (“Jane Eyre” and “Alice In Wonderland”) once again appears as Alice Kingsleigh, who’s on a quest to help the Mad Hatter.
- Helena Bonham Carter ( “Les Misérables,” “Alice In Wonderland”) returns as the Red Queen—Iracebeth.
- Rhys Ifans (“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I,” “The Amazing Spider-Man”) fills the shoes of Zanik Hightopp, the Mad Hatter’s father.
- Matt Lucas (“Alice In Wonderland”) returns to the revelry in a dual role as Tweedledee and Tweedledum.
- Ed Speleers (TV’s “Downton Abbey,” “Eragon”) portrays James Harcourt in the film.
- And Sacha Baron Cohen (“Hugo,” “Les Misérables”) was called on to bring Time to the big screen.
“Alice In Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass” also boasts an extraordinary voice cast:
- Stephen Fry (“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows,” “Alice In Wonderland”) is back as the voice of the Cheshire Cat.
- Toby Jones (“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” “Infamous,”) provides the voice of Wilkins.
- Alan Rickman (“Harry Potter” film series, “Alice In Wonderland,”) returns as the voice of the Blue Caterpillar.
- Michael Sheen (“The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn” Parts 1 & 2, “Alice In Wonderland,” “The Queen,” “Frost Nixon”) once again serves as the voice of the White Rabbit.
- Timothy Spall (“The Kings Speech,” “Harry Potter,” “Alice In Wonderland”) returns to voice Bayard.
- BAFTA-winning actor, writer and comedian Paul Whitehouse (BBC’s “Harry and Paul’s Story of the 2s” and “The Fast Show”; “Alice In Wonderland,” “Corpse Bride”) is back as the March Hare.
- Barbara Windsor (“EastEnders,” “Alice In Wonderland”) provides the voice of Dormouse again.
The film welcomes back several key members of the “Alice In Wonderland” team, including award-winning composer Danny Elfman, three-time Oscar-winning costume designer Colleen Atwood, who won Oscar, BAFTA and Satellite awards, among others, for her work on “Alice In Wonderland,” and five-time Oscar-winning VFX supervisor Ken Ralston, who won a Satellite Award for best visual effects for “Alice In Wonderland.”
Bobin’s award-winning production team also includes Oscar-winning production designer Dan Hennah, and Stuart Dryburgh as director of photography. The film welcomes Oscar-winning make-up and hair designer Peter King, and Oscar winner Neil Corbould is special effects supervisor. Andrew Weisblum is editor. Sounds like quite the team!
Shooting on location and at Shepperton Studios in England, the film is slated for release on May 27, 2016.