Alice Through the Looking Glass is known as one of the most beloved children’s classics. But when you add the acting talents of a cast including Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Sacha Baron Cohen, and Helena Bonham Carter, you get what promises to become a magically whimsical film, reported Syracuse.com.
It’s been five years since Tim Burton crafted Alice In Wonderland, a 3-D film that brought in almost a billion dollars internationally. But now, Disney has decided to create a sequel that it hopes will rival those impressive box office numbers.
While Johnny takes on the role of the Mad Hatter in Alice: Through the Looking Glass, the essential role of Alice will be portrayed by Mia Wasikowska. The White Queen will be portrayed by Anne Hathaway, while her Red Queen counterpart will be painted by Helena Bonham Carter.
Disney also has revealed a first look at Alice Through The Looking Glass video trailer, below. It’s set to enchant audiences in theaters starting May 27.
Alice Through the Looking Glass is being directed by James Bobin, who previously helmed Muppets Most Wanted and Flight of the Conchords. Others appearing in the film are Rhys Ifans, who will play the father of the Mad Hatter Zanik Hightopp, Andrew Scott taking on the role of Addison Bennett, and Sacha Baron Cohen with the impressive title of Time.
For those who are excited about joining Alice in going Through the Looking Glass, Walt Disney Studios has rolled out a variety of charming movie posters to entice fans, reported the Daily Mail.
Disney persuaded all of the actors and actresses who appeared in Alice In Wonderland to take another journey into the land where nothing is predictable except the unpredictable. And although Johnny Depp, with three Oscar nominations to his credit, is getting the star billing, the other performers are showing their own whimsical magic in the posters.
Characters grasp chromospheres, which allow them to take charge of time.
“Everyone wants [it]. Alice needs it, but the Red Queen (Helena Bonham Carter) wants most of all,” revealed Suzanne Todd, a producer for Alice Through The Looking Glass. “It basically powers time moving forward.”
Anne Hathaway sports a Marilyn Monroe-style wig in her role as the White Queen, also known as Mirana of Marmoreal. But beware of Sacha Baron Cohen’s Time character.
“Not someone you want as your enemy… He’s definitely the kookiest of all,” said Todd. “His comedy won’t feel like Ali G, and it won’t feel like Borat. It feels like it fits into our world.”
And while some fans of the original Alice in Wonderland may be disappointed that Tim Burton has been replaced by James Bobin, the illustrious cast and trailer for the sequel promises to equal the original movie.
Facing the conundrum of how to equal or outdo the original Alice in Wonderland, Todd explained that by harnessing time, the producers felt that they could create an equally enticing plot in Alice Through the Looking Glass, reported Entertainment Weekly.
“At first, a story didn’t originally present itself,” admitted Suzanne. “So we took a long time to settle on this idea that was interesting to all of us, which was to take on the concept of time.”
The character of Time is part-human, part-clock. And because Sacha Baron Cohen is so gifted, he presented a challenge to the rest of the cast, added Todd.
The plot shows Alice coming back to London, then attempting to help the Mad Hatter. But with Cohen performing improv, actors had to keep pace.
“I felt like for the rest of the cast, part of the challenge this time was trying to keep up with Sacha,” revealed Todd. “It’s like if you were someone who barely jogs and had to go out with a marathon runner.”
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