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Published On: Mon, Aug 11th, 2014

‘Alice in Wonderland Through the Looking Glass’ begins shooting, Johnny Depp set as Mad Hatter

Production has started on the sequel to Tim Burton’s 2010 live-action Alice in Wonderland with Johnny Depp is going to reprise his role as the Mad Hatter, Mia Wasikowska is back as Alice, Helena Bonham Carter is the Red Queen and Anne Hathaway will be the White Queen. The film will be titled Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass.

tim-burton-alice-in-wonderland-movie-photos-Johnny Depp as Mad HatterMuppets director James Bobin takes over for Burton with some new faces joining the cast. Sacha Baron Cohen as “Time,” presumably the antagonist in the film. Rhys Ifans (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, The Amazing Spider-Man) as the Mad Hatter’s father Zanik Hightopp, and Ed Speleers (Downton Abbey) as James Harcourt.

Also returning for Looking Glass are actors lending their voices: Matt Lucas, Michael Sheen, Alan Rickman,  Timothy Spall, Stephen Fry, Toby Jones, and Paul Whitehouse.

Tim Burton is still involved with the film, this time as executive producer, while Danny Elfman returns as the film’s composer and Oscar winner Colleen Atwood is designing the film’s costumes.

Disney does not view as a prequel, but rather using the time travelling theory for her to be on a quest to help the Mad Hatter, the focus of this film. As noted, Time is the villain leading to the assumption that the sequel will focus on something about a time distortion that Alice and the Cheshire cat have to fix. This movie is going to deviate from the story line of the original movie no doubt by exploring what would be “different parts of Underworld”.

Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass is scheduled for theatrical release on May 27, 2016.

UPDATE: Slash Film presented the voice actors with a great breakdown:

“Alice In Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass” also boasts an extraordinary voice cast.

  • Stephen Fry (“24: Live Another Day,” “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,” “The Girl”) provides the voice of Wilkins. 
  • Alan Rickman (“Harry Potter” film series, “Alice In Wonderland,” director/actor/co-writer “A Little Chaos”) 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 (“Mr. Turner,” “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 (“Carry On,” “EastEnders,” “Alice In Wonderland”) provides the voice of Dormouse again. 
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