Disney has released another new look at its upcoming Alice in Wonderland sequel, Alice Through the Looking Glass. The movie is clearly still holding on on to Tim Burton‘s distinctive style, even though he’s only a producer this time around—The Muppets‘ James Bobin will instead be directing. The sequel is returning to Underland with a new story that finds Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, and Helena Bonham Carter all returning in their original roles, alongside new cast members Sacha Baron Cohen and Rhys Ifans.
As we’ve noted in covering the movie’s first trailers and TV spots, the excessive use of CG doesn’t feel weighty enough to convey a real sense of this magical world, even though the style and costuming is still very striking. But since the first movie grossed $1 billion, it’s probably safe to say that this sequel will probably do pretty well regardless. Check out the new TV spot below, which features what appears to be the film’s soundtrack draw: Pink covering Jefferson Airplane‘s “White Rabbit.”
Pink will also be contributing an original song to the film’s soundtrack (you may remember Avril Lavigne being the first film’s draw), and below you can watch a new featurette in which the artist talks about covering the iconic “White Rabbit.” The film opens May 27th and also stars Matt Lucas, Ed Speelers, and the voices of Stephen Fry, Alan Rickman, Toby Jones, Michael Sheen, Timothy Spall, Paul Whitehouse, and Barbara Windsor.
Here’s the official synopsis for Alice Through the Looking Glass:
In Disney’s “Alice Through the Looking Glass,” an all-new spectacular adventure featuring the unforgettable characters from Lewis Carroll’s beloved stories, Alice returns to the whimsical world of Underland and travels back in time to save the Mad Hatter. Directed by James Bobin, who brings his own unique vision to the spectacular world Tim Burton created on screen in 2010 with “Alice in Wonderland,” the film is written by Linda Woolverton based on characters created by Lewis Carroll and produced by Joe Roth, Suzanne Todd and Jennifer Todd and Tim Burton with John G. Scotti serving as executive producer. “Alice Through the Looking Glass” reunites the all-star cast from the worldwide blockbuster phenomenon, including: Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Mia Wasikowska and Helena Bonham Carter along with the voices of Alan Rickman, Stephen Fry, Michael Sheen and Timothy Spall. We are also introduced to several new characters: Zanik Hightopp (Rhys Ifans), the Mad Hatter’s father and Time himself (Sacha Baron Cohen), a peculiar creature who is part human, part clock.
Alice Kingsleigh (Wasikowska) has spent the past few years following in her father’s footsteps and sailing the high seas. Upon her return to London, she comes across a magical looking glass and returns to the fantastical realm of Underland and her friends the White Rabbit (Sheen), Absolem (Rickman), the Cheshire Cat (Fry) and the Mad Hatter (Depp), who is not himself. The Hatter has lost his Muchness, so Mirana (Hathaway) sends Alice on a quest to borrow the Chronosphere, a metallic globe inside the chamber of the Grand Clock which powers all time. Returning to the past, she comes across friends – and enemies – at different points in their lives, and embarks on a perilous race to save the Hatter before time runs out. Presented in Digital 3D™, Real D 3D and IMAX® 3D, Disney’s “Alice Through the Looking Glass” opens in U.S. theaters on May 27, 2016.