Johnny Depp is dipping his toe into fantasy once more for sequel ‘Alice Through the Looking Glass’ in which he returns as the quirky Mad Hatter.
In the film, Alice returns to the whimsical world of Underland and travels back in time to save Depp’s loveable character. Mia Wasikowska is back as the titular Alice, while Helena Bonham Carter returns as the Red Queen.
Alan Rickman, who sadly passed away earlier this year, provides the voice duties for the Blue Caterpillar once more. Anne Hathaway is the White Queen, while Sacha Baron Cohen is the character Time.
Disney explains: “Alice first travelled to Underland as a child. Now, as she approaches adulthood she struggles with balancing the sense of curiousity passed down from her father and conforming to other people’s expectations.”
Depp is known for playing slightly ‘wacky’ roles and seems to revel in them. Prime examples are Edward Scissorhands, and his role as Captain Jack Sparrow in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise.
His long time collaborator Tim Burton is the producer of the new film, having been the director of the 2010 film. The director this time is James Bobin whose last project was ‘Muppets Most Wanted’ in 2014.
The trailer opens with Alice in what appears to be a mental asylum. “Excitable, prone to fantasy. A textbook case of female hysteria. We will have her fixed in no time,” says the doctor played by Andrew Scott, who is best known as Moriarty in the TV series Sherlock Holmes.
Alice escapes from the asylum, protesting that there is nothing wrong with her, and ends up back in Underland. The trailer promises plenty of lavish set pieces to enjoy as she further explores the fantasy world.
In Alice in Wonderland in 2010, 19-year-old Alice returns to the magical world from her childhood adventure, where she reunites with her old friends and learns of her true destiny: to end the Red Queen’s reign of terror. This time she is an adult.
Disney’s Alice Through The Looking Glass is described as a spectacular new adventure featuring the unforgettable characters from Lewis Carroll’s beloved stories and the spectacular world Tim Burton created on screen in 2010’s Alice in Wonderland.
Alice is a fictional character and protagonist of Lewis Carroll’s children’s novel Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland in 1865 and its sequel, Through the Looking-Glass.
Over the years there have been many screen and stage adaptations of the story.
The film is due for release this May.