The traditional tale has been freshened with a blast of girl power, courtesy of writer Linda Woolverton (Beauty and the Beast). Alice, 17, attends a party at a Victorian estate only to find she is about to be proposed to in front of hundreds of snooty society types. Off she runs, following a white rabbit into a hole and ending up in Wonderland, a place she visited 10 years before yet doesn't remember.
Among those who welcome her back is the Mad Hatter, a part tailor-made for
Aussie actress Mia Wasikowska, 19, best known for HBO's In Treatment, has the coveted title role. "There is something real, honest and sincere about her," Zanuck says. "She's not a typical Hollywood starlet."
There is the usual Burton-esque ghoulishness (
Alice in Wonderland will reunite Burton with Johnny Depp (who’s playing The Mad Hatter - again, perfect match) for the seventh time. The two have come a long way since their first team-up on Edward Scissorhands back in 1990 (man, almost 20 years already!), and even though it almost seems inevitable that they will work together, I say don’t fix it if it ain’t broken!
The rest of the cast includes Alan Rickman as The Caterpillar; Helena Bonham Carter (aka, “Mrs. Burton”) as The Red Queen; Anne Hathaway as The White Queen; Stephen Fry as The Cheshire Cat; Crispin Glover as The Knave of Hearts; Michael Sheen as The White Rabbit, and newcomer Mia Wasikowski as Alice.
This was the artist rendition of what the Mad Hatter character was to look like, look below for Johnny Depp's look.
I love the work of Tim Burton.. a bit strange, yes I know but maybe I am drawn to it for he is fascinated with fairy tales, make believe, children's stories and brings to his work an art form that is I believe a gift.
In March of 2010 , he will be releasing his "Alice In Wonderland movie. The perfect selection for the Mad Hatter being Johnny Depp, well, his entire cast is perfect. The teaser pics, trailers are incredible, my birthday is in March - so this will be my gift, watching this movie probably 2-3 times!