August 4, 2014


Tim Burton‘s Alice in Wonderland is one of the director’s weakest efforts, but it’s also by far his highest grossing.  The movie made over $1 billion worldwide at the box office, and I’m surprised it’s taken so long for a sequel to start moving into production.  But four years later, production has begun on Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass with James Bobin (The Muppets) in the director’s chair and the original actors returning along with new additions to both the live-action and the voice cast.  Plot details are scarce, but the story will “revisit Lewis Carroll’s beloved stories with an all-new new tale that travels back to Underland—and back in Time.”

Hit the jump for the press release, which includes the full cast and who they’re playing as well as the production’s key contributors behind the camera.  Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass opens May 27, 2016.

alice-in-wonderland-posterHere’s the press release:


Filmmakers Return to Beloved Stories of Lewis Carroll for

All-New Adventure to Underland and Beyond 

BURBANK, Calif. (Aug. 4, 2014) – Disney’s “Alice In Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass” begins principal photography this week, featuring an award-winning production team and all-star ensemble cast, including Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Mia Wasikowska, Helena Bonham Carter and Sacha Baron Cohen. James Bobin (“The Muppets,” “Muppets Most Wanted”) helms the film, which revisits 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 Joe Roth (“Maleficent,” “Alice in Wonderland”), Jennifer Todd (“Alice In Wonderland,” “Memento”), Suzanne Todd (“Alice In Wonderland,” “Memento”) and Tim Burton (“Alice in Wonderland,” “Frankenweenie”). John G. Scotti (“Muppets Most Wanted,” “The Muppets”) is the executive producer; Linda Woolverton (“Maleficent,” “Alice In Wonderland,” “Beauty and the Beast”) penned the screenplay. Shooting on location and at Shepperton Studios in England, the film is slated for release on May 27, 2016.

The all-star ensemble cast includes:

·       Johnny Depp (“Pirates of the Caribbean” films, “Alice In Wonderland,” “Mortdecai,” “Black Mass”) returns to the big screen as the Mad Hatter—Hatter Tarrant Hightopp.

·       Anne Hathaway (“Les Misérables,” “The Devil Wears Prada,” “Alice In Wonderland,” “Rachel’s Getting Married”) portrays the White Queen—Mirana.

·       Mia Wasikowska (“Tracks,” “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 (“Cinderella,” “Les Misérables,” “Alice In Wonderland”) returns as the Red Queen—Iracebeth.

·       Rhys Ifans (“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I,” “Nanny McPhee Returns,” “The Amazing Spider-Man”) fills the shoes of Zanik Hightopp, the Mad Hatter’s father.

·       Matt Lucas (“The Labrynth,” “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 (“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.

The film welcomes back several key members of the “Alice In Wonderland” team, including award-winning composer Danny Elfman (“Fifty Shades of Grey,” “Big Eyes,” Silver Linings Playbook”), three-time Oscar®-winning costume designer Colleen Atwood (“Memoirs of a Geisha,” “Chicago”), 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 (“Forrest Gump,” “Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi”), 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 (“King Kong,” “The Hobbit” trilogy, “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy, Oscar for “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King”), and Stuart Dryburgh (“The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,” “Bridget Jones’ Diary,” Oscar nomination for “The Piano”) as director of photography. The film welcomes Oscar-winning make-up and hair designer Peter King (“Lord of the Rings: Return of the King,” Oscar nominee for “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”), and Oscar winner Neil Corbould (“Gravity,” “Gladiator”) is special effects supervisor. Andrew Weisblum (“Noah,” Oscar nominee “Black Swan”) is editor.

  • Manuel Orozco

    I’m surprised four years have passed too and the cameras are rolling

  • the king of comedy

    I agree, this one was one of Burton`s worst movies, he was once a visionary director who brought us Batman, Beetlejuice, Ed Wood, Edward Scissor Hands, etc, but ultimately he`s been bringing a dissapointment after another, this one and the Planet of The Apes Remake are proof that he shouldn`t go anywhere near a franchise, his last good movie was Sweeney Todd and before that Big Fish, I`m acutually excited to see his take on Big Eyes. Glad they changed the director for the nex Alice in Wonderland and glad Burton choosed Big Eyes as his next proyect.

    • SomeGuy

      He did well with one franchise: Batman. But I agree with you. Hopefully Big Eyes will redeem him. I was going to make a joke that Big Eyes is a sequel to Big Fish, but then again you are the king of comedy.

    • lord jim

      as a director he is as great as ever, but the scripts he is working with are not, and alice had the worst script ever.

  • Atlasshruggedmyass

    Whether you liked it or not the fact is if was “Tim Burton’s” vision that sold that “Alice” film to a billion dollars. So disney must be really out of touch if they think that
    The director of “The Muppets” will be able to deliver the same thing visually.

    • GrimReaper07

      The Muppets was fantastic. Burton’s Wonderland was a complete mess. Bobin’s involvement is a positive thing.

    • Kyle Chandler

      I thought a confluence of nostalgia and Johnny Depp’s “inspired” halloween costume idea sold this film. Ah well.

    • milo

      Whether it was Burton’s vision or some other factor that made it so profitable is opinion, not fact. Someone else absolutely can deliver a movie with similar visuals, especially in the case of a sequel.

  • Pernell Whitaker

    “with an all-new new tale”… Cool, at least it will be new.

  • mattinacan

    i’ve lost all respect for depp

    • the king of comedy

      I`m tired to see his name everytime people talk about greatest actors, he`s good but nowhere near the best and most versatile actors out there.

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  • Kyle Chandler

    I loved the muppets as much as I was bored by the first Wonderland movie. I still can’t make it past 40 minutes in before I fall asleep. Burton needs to stop assuming he can get away with phoning it in by just making Depp wear crazy white makeup.