November 25, 2008

A New Generation of Wonderland Dwellers

Have you heard? Tim Burton is making the ultimate remake of Alice in Wonderland. When I first heard I wondered what it would be like. Well the first photo has been released and it's no surprise.

Press Trust of India quotes Dailymail as saying, "Depp is unrecognisable in his latest role." I beg to differ. It just looks like Edward Scissorhands made it to middle age. That's Johnny Depp as a slightly darker version of the Mad Hatter, a role I fear will be a repeat of his uber-bizarre Willy Wanka. Let's hope not. *shudder*

Joining Depp as fellow cast members are a few familiar names: Anne Hathaway as the White Queen, Helena Bonham Carter as the Red Queen, Alan Rickman as the Caterpillar, and Crispin Glover (Oh McFly!) as the Knave of Hearts. As you can see this is not just a scarier vision of the Disney version. You may want to read the real thing before hitting the movie theaters to refresh your memory of the actual story. Don't worry though. You have plenty of time. The movie is not scheduled for release until March 2010.


Tammy said...

Johnny is so cool! My son and I both love his movies. I hope this one comes out earlier than expected.

tuesday said...

I agree with the middle-aged Edward Scissorhands thing, but what a great cast! I'm sure Rickman will make a great Caterpillar. :)

Not sure how much I'll enjoy a darker Alice in Wonderland though...

C. B. James said...

Alice is very dark. My class just finished reading the first book. I'll have to time it to match the movie in 2010 so we can take a field trip.

For a fascinating take on Alice check out Dreamchild. It's based on the life of the real Alice and her relationship with the author. It's got very scary scenes of Wonderland with creatures by the Jim Henson workshop.

Chain Reader said...

Depp is definitely recognizable in that picture! I love him, but I did not like his portrayal of Willy Wonka.

Anonymous said...

I have to say, Alan Rickman as the caterpillar is pretty brilliant casting.

Petunia said...

Tammy-Yeah, sixteen months seems too long to wait.

Tuesday-that was my thought exactly. Rickman will do it perfectly.

C.B.-I haven't heard of that movie before but I'll add it to the Netflix queue. Thanks.

Chain Reader-I know. It was the only negative thing about that movie but it was a big negative thing.

Christine-Exactly. I love Rickman.