It's Official: Johnny Depp, Mia Wasikowska Set for 'Alice in Wonderland 2'
The sequel will hit theaters in May 2016; Disney also sets a release date for Jon Favreau's live-action "Jungle Book."
Johnny Depp and Mia Wasikowska are reteaming for Disney's Alice in Wonderland 2, which will hit theaters over Memorial Day weekend in 2016.
Disney announced the news officially Friday, setting a May 27 release for Alice 2, which will be directed by James Bobin. Joe Roth, Jennifer Todd and Suzanne Todd are producing. PHOTOS: Johnny Depp's Most Memorable Career Moments The first Alice was a runaway hit at the global box office, grossing $1.02 billion in 2010. In another high-profile move, Disney set an Oct. 9, 2015, release date for Jon Favreau's Jungle Book. He'll direct the live-action pic from a script by Justin Marks.
Mia Wasikowska And Johnny Depp May Encounter Their Younger Selves In Alice In Wonderland Sequel-Meets-Prequel
Disney announced today that a sequel to 2010′s Alice in Wonderland is finally happening. It also announced that stars Mia Wasikowska and Johnny Depp will be returning to the roles of Alice and the Mad Hatter, respectively, and that the sequel will have a May 27th, 2016 release date.
Here’s something they didn’t announce, but we know to be true: Wasikowska’s Alice and Depp’s Hatter may not be the only versions of those characters to show up in the movie. Word is Disney and new director James Bobin are looking to cast younger versions of both characters.
While the Tim Burton-directed first film was a sequel of sorts to the original Lewis Caroll novel, with a grown up Alice popping down the rabbit hole all the while getting the distinct feeling of deja vu, the new film will indeed take us back to the beginning when we learn that Alice has in fact visited Wonderland before as a younger child.
It’s not clear at this point if the older and younger versions of the characters will cross paths, or how exactly their stories will be intertwined, because Wasikowska and Depp will still have plenty of screentime beyond just showing up to set up a flashback. Curiouser and curiouser!
This is not my happy news At least with Pirates, even if I think it's unnecessary, I'll still *enjoy* the film. Not only do I think this is unnecessary, but I didn't like the first film, so am not so excited about a second. Ah well. Have fun Johnny, that's why you're doing it. I don't begrudge a man for working with people he likes in a character he likes.
I know we've probably discussed "Alice" elsewhere but, tho I loved particular parts of the film (esp before she arrives in wonderland -- the "almost wedding" & the fall itself I loved) I just didn't like so much CGI I guess. I've probably said it elsewhere but,except for a few scenes & moments, I kept feeling the hatter was too over-the-top & it made him a less sympathetic character (for me).
Sacha Baron Cohen fit right into bizarre Tim Burton aesthetic when the actor played a small supporting role alongside Johnny Depp in the horror musical Sweeny Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Now the Borat star is looking to head into yet another one of the director's created universes - albeit this time without Burton at the helm. Variety's source have informed them that the British comedian is now in talks to star in Through The Looking Glass, the sequel to Tim Burton's 2010 mega-blockbuster Alice in Wonderland that is set to be directed by The Muppets' James Bobin
Should he wind up signing on the dotted line, Cohen will be joining both Depp and Mia Wasikowska in the sequel, the two actors reprising their roles as The Mad Hatter and Alice, respectively, in the sequel. Variety says that Cohen is lining up a deal to play the story's main antagonist, but all details about the film's plot are currently being kept under wraps. If the title is anything to go by, the film may be based on the novel of the same name by Lewis Carroll and follow Alice as she steps through the mirror hanging above her fireplace mantel and steps into an alternate universe. Linda Woolverton, who scripted Burton's Alice in Wonderland in addition to other films such as Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, and Mulan, is handling the script.
Cohen has always been rather picky about the film roles he has taken, preferring to work on projects that he has developed himself, but he has been known to make exceptions. It's likely that his connection to Bobin - who helmed multiple episodes of both the UK and US versions of Da Ali G show - is what attracted him to this film. The actor's only part in a 2013 movie was a cameo in a comedy that I don't want to spoil just yet, and before that came his part as Thénardier in 2012's Les Miserables. Variety says that the only project the star is currently attached to is Louis Leterrier's spy comedy Grimsby, but that film will shoot in early summer and will give Cohen time in the second half of the year to shoot Through The Looking Glass. The actor is also developing a new comedy called The Lesbian at Paramount, but the trade report suggests that one doesn't have a schedule set up just yet.
Through The Looking Glass has been slated for a May 27, 2016 release date by Disney, so the fact that they are starting production this year is a sign that the studio wants a lot of time to be spent working on the film. After all, the first one made over a billion dollars at the box office, and one can imagine they would love to see a repeat of that success.
Disney announces Alice sequel Through the Looking Glass will shoot in UK
These statistics, along with the fact major productions such as Disney’s Alice in Wonderland sequel Through the Looking Glass starring Johnny Depp and Mia Wasikowska are choosing the UK, show that the film and television industries are delivering for the UK economy, creating and supporting a large number of jobs and allowing the infrastructure to grow.
While we’re discussing sequels, they are also planning to make a second Alice in Wonderland called Alice in Wonderland: Into the Looking Glass. Would you like to reprise your role as The Knave of Hearts in that film?
Glover: Of course! I'd love to be in it. But they have to approach me about it. I don't know if that will happen, but I'm all for it. I had a great time working on the first one. Disney is a very concise business entity. They know how to sell their films and they know what's necessary to make sure that it's a selling project. I'm pretty sure they have Johnny Depp and Mia Wasikowska have signed to do the movie. I'm sure they know those two people are imperative for the sequel. As far as the other characters and other actors, I don't know what's necessary for them. I'd love to be in it, but I have no idea if there's a need.
Helena Bonham Carter to Return as Red Queen in ‘Through the Looking Glass’
Helena Bonham Carter looks ready return to her role as the evil Red Queen, as the actress is in final negotiations to join Johnny Depp and Mia Wasikowska in Disney’s “Through the Looking Glass,” the sequel to 2010′s “Alice in Wonderland.”
James Bobin is on to direct with Joe Roth returning as producer.
Plot details are being kept under wraps. Pic will bow on May 27, 2016.
Besides Bonham Carter, Depp and Wasikowska, it’s unknown at this time which actors in the original, such as Anne Hathaway and Alan Rickman, will reprise their roles in this installment.
The first pic grossed more than a billion dollars at the worldwide box office, including $334 million at the domestic B.O.