Fans of Tim Burton’s Disney movies are looking forward to Alice In Wonderland 2, and the sequel is right around the corner. The Alice Through the Looking Glass release date is set for May 27, 2016, and it will bring back cast members like Anne Hathaway as the White Queen in addition to the always delightful Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter.
Mia Wasikowska will also be returning as Alice in order to save the Mad Hatter from the clutches of Time. Other returning cast members include Stephen Fry as the Cheshire Cat, Michael Sheen as the White Rabbit, and Helena Bonham Carter as the Red Queen. Sacha Baron Cohen will play the role of Time.
Alan Rickman’s death may have taken the actor from us, but he will still be featured as the Blue Caterpillar within the movie. Not much is known about his role within the Alice in Wonderland sequel, or whether his CGI-based character had to be adjusted at all due to his passing, but we do know the Alice Through the Looking Glass trailer video features his iconic voice.
“You’ve been gone too long Alice. There are matters that might benefit from your attention. Friends cannot be neglected,” voiced Rickman for the Disney movie trailer in his usual sonorous notes. “Hurry.”
The actor was best known as Harry Potter’s Professor Snape and Die Hard’s Hans Gruber, but Alan Rickman’s movies will not finish with a romp through wonderland. In 2016, Rickman also stars next to Helen Mirren and Aaron Paul in Eye in the Sky, a thriller which focuses on the role of unmanned drones in modern warfare.
Unfortunately, fans of Tim Burton’s movies may be slightly disappointed since he will not be returning for the filming of Lewis Carroll’s beloved tale. Still, fans should not be too upset. While James Bobin will serve as director, Alice Through the Looking Glass should retain the trademark gothic themes that are a hallmark of Burton films.
Disney knows not to mess with a formula if a prior movie was shown to be a success. The question is whether anything major will change due to the director’s absence. Based upon the trailer video, things are looking up, but it’s hard to say it will retain the whimsical features until audiences see the final product.
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WARNING: Alice Through The Looking Glass Spoilers Are Provided Below
The Alice Through the Looking Glass plot is both a prequel and an Alice in Wonderland sequel at the same time, which sounds like a Tim Burton should. When Alice returns to Underworld, she discovers that Johnny Depp’s Mad Hatter is “growing darker,” a development which requires more than just a tea party to fix.
In order to prevent audiences from darkly dreaming Mad Hatter, Alice turns for help to Tim, a creature who is part clock, part human. Apparently, Alice will be running a race against time both literally and metaphorically, since the movie’s plot will include some time travel as a major element.
Apparently, Mad Hatter has daddy issues, since Rhys Ifans will join the time-traveling tea party as Zanik Hightopp, the Mad Hatter’s father. Not much is known how father and son will be portrayed, although it’s been made clear in the past that Mad Hatter’s dad shares a similar bushy hair-do.
While tripping out into space and time, Alice will encounter younger versions of the main characters, which will show audiences how they became the strange lot of the future. This is where the prequel angle comes into play, which mirrors how the first movie showed aspects of Mad Hatter’s past. It may also be expected that the fearsome Jabberwocky will become un-slain for the events of the past.
What do you think about Tim Burton not directing Alice Through The Looking Glass? What other Disney movies have you excited?
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