Australian actress Mia Wasikowska will return to the Wonderland as Alice for another round of tea parties with Johnny Depp‘s Mad Hatter through the sequel of Disney‘s live-action adaptation of “Alice in Wonderland” soon.
But this time around, she will need to win in a race against time to make things right again.
The 2010 live-action version of “Alice in Wonderland”, which was directed by Tim Burton, was one of the few movies to make more than a billion dollars worldwide. Its box office success helped spawn a sequel, which will once again be written by Linda Woolverton. However, Burton will not return to the director’s chair as James Bobin is in charge of helming the project instead.
Over the weekend, Disney disclosed several new details regarding the movie during its D23 Expo in Anaheim, California.
It was revealed that the sequel will find Alice returning to Wonderland and discovering that “things are going very wrong”. In a quick video presentation, it was shown that Alice is forced to turn to Time, a new character who is part human, part clock, for help as the Mad Hatter is “growing darker”. Though the titular heroine has been warned that she will not be able to win in a race against time and change the past, she winds up going on a time travel adventure to prevent the loss of her friend.
As the film revisits Lewis Carroll’s original stories with an all-new new tale that travels back in time to the Underland, Alice will encounter younger versions of “the characters we know and love”. As a result, there will be some exploration into exactly how these characters came to be as we know them.
Time, who is the main new character of the film, is being put centre stage during the “Alice Through The Looking Glass” presentation. It was announced that the character will be portrayed by Sacha Baron Cohen, who is best known for his roles in “Borat” and “Les Misérables“. Time will have powers that allow Alice to visit the Wonderland characters at different times in their lives.
Rhys Ifans is also joining the cast as Zanik Hightopp, the Mad Hatter’s father, but the details about his character are kept under wraps. In addition to the plot and character details, Disney gave us a glimpse at Depp and Wasikowsa’s characters through 2 whimsical posters of “Alice Through The Looking Glass”.
Check them out in the gallery below:
Anne Hathaway is returning to the sequel as the White Queen while Helena Bonham Carter will reprise her role as the Red Queen. Matt Lucas, Stephen Fry, Alan Rickman, Michael Sheen, Timothy Spall, Paul Whitehouse, and Barbara Windsor are also returning to voice their respective roles. Toby Jones has been hired to voice a new character named “Wilkins”.
“Alice Through The Looking Glass” is currently slated for release on 27th May 2016.