Disney’s ALICE IN WONDERLAND Gets a Sequel
This week, Disney announced that their 2010 live-action adaptation of Alice in Wonderland is getting a sequel titled Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass.
The award-winning production team returns for the beginning of principal photography this week. Also returning is the ensemble cast from the previous film, including Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter, Anne Hathaway as the White Queen, Mia Wasikowska as Alice, and Helena Bonham Carter as the Red Queen. The film revisits Lewis Carroll’s stories in an all-new tale that takes Alice back to Underland. But things are a little different then they were before. In Through the Looking Glass, Alice is taken back in Time.
At the helm is James Bobin, director of Muppets and Muppets Most Wanted. Producing are Joe Roth, Jennifer Todd, Suzanne Todd, and Tim Burton, with Linda Woolverton as the film’s scribe — all of whom worked on the previous film. John G. Scotti joins the team as executive producer.
Joining the Through the Looking Glass ensemble cast are Rhys Ifans as Zanik Hightopp, the Mad Hatter’s father, Matt Lucas as Tweedledee and Tweedledum, Ed Speleers as James Harcourt, and Sacha Baron Cohen as Time. Of course, those are just the live-action cast members. The film boasts an extraordinary voice cast. Returning are Stephen Fry as the Cheshire Cat, Alan Rickman as the Blue Caterpillar, Michael Sheen as the White Rabbit, Timothy Spall as Bayard, Paul Whitehouse as the March Hare, and Barbara Windsor as Dormouse. Joining this huge voice cast is Toby Jones as Wilkins.
More key members are also coming back, including award-winning composer Danny Elfman (No huge surprise there. This is still a Tim Burton film), award-winning costume designer Colleen Atwood, award-winning VFX supervisor Ken Ralston.
Bobin also brings along his own production team such as production designer Dan Hennah (The Hobbit trilogy, The Lord of the Rings trilogy), and director of photography Stuart Dryburgh (The Secret Life of Walter Mitty). If that weren’t enough, the Through the Looking Glass team welcomes make-up and hair designer Peter King (Lord of the Rings: Return of the King and Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey) special effects supervisor Neil Corbould (Gravity and Gladiator), and editor Andrew Weisblum (Noah and Black Swan). All are Oscar nominees and award-winners. Talk about a spectacular team.
This is the first time anyone has ever decided to turn Through the Looking Glass into a movie, well…sort of. Based on the brief story synopsis we have so far, it sounds nothing like the source material. All this adaptation does is take the book’s name and its characters. Hey! Just like the first movie. We’ll be interested to see what this movie has to offer in the coming months. With Colleen Atwood designing the costumes again, at least we’ll have something truly inspiring to look forward to. That’s right, this writer didn’t much care for the first film.
The movie will shoot on location at the Shepperton Studios in England, and is scheduled for a theatrical release May 27, 2016.