It looks like the sequel for Alice in Wonderland is moving ahead nicely. Variety has reported that the sequel, titled Through the Looking Glass, has Sacha Baron Cohen in early talks to star as the film’s villain. Cohen would be joining Mia Wasikowska and Johnny Depp, who are both returning to play Alice and the Mad Hatter, respectively.
Through the Looking Glass is to be directed by James Bobin, an English director who had a big hit with his feature-film directorial debut The Muppets. He also has Muppets Most Wanted on its way. Bobin has had a long working-relationship with Cohen, helping create the characters of Ali G, Borat, and Brüno. In 2003 and 2004, he directed and co-wrote all 12 episodes of Ali G in da USAiii for HBO.
No plot details for the Alice in Wonderland sequel are yet known, and there’s no word as to who Cohen will be playing if he does get cast as a villain.
Despite mixed reviews, Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland was a massive hit, bringing over $1.02 billion in worldwide box-office receipts and becoming the fifteenth highest grossing film of all time.
Linda Woolverton, known for her work on The Lion King, Mulan and Burton’s Alice, is returning to pen the sequel. Apart from this, Woolverton has also co-written the upcoming Disney film Maleficent, starring Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning.
If Cohen is locked in, he’ll segue into the Through the Looking Glass shoot after filming the Louis Leterrier-directed Grimsby, which starts shooting this U.S. summer.