Production Begins on Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass; Cast Announced

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While many consider Alice in Wonderland to be one of Tim Burton’s poorer outings, it still made over 1 BILLION (!) in worldwide box office receipts, making it the director’s most successful film so far. A sequel was a no-brainer, and production has now officially begun. Titled Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass, the follow-up will see James Bobin (The Muppets, Muppets Most Wanted) take the helm.

There isn’t too much known about the plot, with the official press released simply stating that the film “revisits Lewis Carroll’s beloved stories with an all-new tale that travels back to Underland—and back in Time.”

The press release also revealed the cast list. Newcomers include Rhys Ifans as the Mad Hatter’s father and Sacha Baron Cohen as Time. Here’s the list of the cast and their roles, as per the press release:

  • Johnny Depp (“Pirates of the Caribbean” films, “Alice In Wonderland,” “Mortdecai,” “Black Mass”) returns to the big screen as the Mad Hatter—Hatter Tarrant Hightopp.

  • Anne Hathaway (“Les Misérables,” “The Devil Wears Prada,” “Alice In Wonderland,” “Rachel’s Getting Married”) portrays the White Queen—Mirana.

  • Mia Wasikowska (“Tracks,” “Jane Eyre” and “Alice In Wonderland”) once again appears as Alice Kingsleigh, who’s on a quest to help the Mad Hatter.

  • Helena Bonham Carter (“Cinderella,” “Les Misérables,” “Alice In Wonderland”) returns as the Red Queen—Iracebeth.

  • Rhys Ifans (“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I,” “Nanny McPhee Returns,” “The Amazing Spider-Man”) fills the shoes of Zanik Hightopp, the Mad Hatter’s father.

  • Matt Lucas (“The Labrynth,” “Alice In Wonderland”) returns to the revelry in a dual role as Tweedledee and Tweedledum.

  • Ed Speleers (TV’s “Downton Abbey,” “Eragon”) portrays James Harcourt in the film.

  • And Sacha Baron Cohen (“Hugo,” “Les Misérables”) was called on to bring Time to the big screen.

Alice In Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass also boasts an extraordinary voice cast.

  • Stephen Fry (“24: Live Another Day,” “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows,” “Alice In Wonderland”) is back as the voice of the Cheshire Cat.

  • Toby Jones (“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” “Infamous,” “The Girl”) provides the voice of Wilkins.

  • Alan Rickman (“Harry Potter” film series, “Alice In Wonderland,” director/actor/co-writer “A Little Chaos”) returns as the voice of the Blue Caterpillar.

  • Michael Sheen (“The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn” Parts 1 & 2, “Alice In Wonderland,” “The Queen,” “Frost Nixon”) once again serves as the voice of the White Rabbit.

  • Timothy Spall (“Mr. Turner,” “The Kings Speech,” “Harry Potter,” “Alice In Wonderland”) returns to voice Bayard.

  • BAFTA-winning actor, writer and comedian Paul Whitehouse (BBC’s “Harry and Paul’s Story of the 2s” and “The Fast Show”; “Alice In Wonderland,” “Corpse Bride”) is back as the March Hare.

  • Barbara Windsor (“Carry On,” “EastEnders,” “Alice In Wonderland”) provides the voice of Dormouse again.

Oscar nominated composer Danny Elfman (Beetlejuice, Men in Black, Spider-Man) is also back on board, as is VFX supervisor Ken Ralston (Forrest Gump, Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi), who took home a Satellite Award for his work on Burton’s Alice In Wonderland.

Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass hits U.S. cinemas on May 27, 2016.

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