Okay, scrap the news above, Mr. Rylance has been replaced by Rhys Ifans. I knew that name sounded familiar, so I looked him up on IMDb, and he plays Mycroft Holmes on the show Elementary (this is the American version of the modern-day Sherlock Holmes TV show, not to be confused with Sherlock, which is the British one). Aw, I love this guy! As the article says, he's actually 4 years younger than Johnny but will play his father, lol. The article from The Wrap:
Thanks for the news. Even if I'm a bit indifferent with this movie, I like Rhys Ifans Maybe he will be the father of a younger Hatter? some article said -some time ago- that Disney was looking (a casting) for a younger version of the Hatter and Alice, so maybe the father will be with a little Hatter
Also, if the villian will be "Time" (good to know that detail about Sacha Baron Cohen's character) it makes sense that the movie goes back and forth
But don’t worry, Carter fans: the actress will be turning to the dark side soon enough when she returns to the role of Red Queen for “Through the Looking Glass,” the sequel to “Alice in Wonderland.”
“My head is getting even bigger, I think,” Carter joked about returning as the Red Queen, laughing again. “I just went for my first costume fitting, and it was nice to see Colleen [Atwood], it’ll be nice to see everybody.”
That everybody includes co-stars Johnny Depp and Mia Wasikowska, but not Tim Burton, who directed the first movie. Even with her creative — and life — partner’s absence from the film, Carter has no concerns about returning to Wonderland.
“No, none whatsoever,” Carter said when asked if she was worried about Burton’s nonappearance. “[Director] James Bobin seems to be really interesting, and fired up and excited. Tim’s producing it, and we just felt like, he’s done it. You can’t spend two years of your life doing something unless you’re one hundred percent enthusiastic about it.”
Let's hope this give some time to Johnny to take a break between "black mass". even if a couple of weeks off Nice to know that Colleen is there again!
we have the young Hatter!! and is no other than the little son of Andy Serkis
Normal, though, is relative. Having been "surrounded" by acting their whole lives, all three kids are signed with dad's acting agent, and all three are keen. Ruby, 15, has just played Madame Ranevskya in a school production of The Cherry Orchard. Sonny, 14, has been cast in the BBC's upcoming adaptation of J K Rowling's The Casual Vacancy. And Louis, 10, is about to play a young Mad Hatter in Disney's second Alice In Wonderland epic. "So," beams proud dad, "he's a young Johnny Depp."
Alice in Wonderland 2 starts shooting and with all the cast- except Crispin Glover as the Knave of Hearts - back, including Anne Hathaway as the White Queen.
Here's the official press release:
DISNEY’S “ALICE IN WONDERLAND: THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS” KICKS OFF PRODUCTION WITH AWARD-WINNING CAST & PRODUCTION TEAM
Filmmakers Return to Beloved Stories of Lewis Carroll for All-New Adventure to Underland and Beyond
BURBANK, Calif. (Aug. 4, 2014) – Disney’s “Alice In Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass” begins principal photography this week, featuring an award-winning production team and all-star ensemble cast, including Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Mia Wasikowska, Helena Bonham Carter and Sacha Baron Cohen. James Bobin (“The Muppets,” “Muppets Most Wanted”) helms the film, which revisits Lewis Carroll’s beloved stories with an all-new new tale that travels back to Underland—and back in Time. “Alice In Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass” is produced by Joe Roth (“Maleficent,” “Alice in Wonderland”), Jennifer Todd (“Alice In Wonderland,” “Memento”), Suzanne Todd (“Alice In Wonderland,” “Memento”) and Tim Burton (“Alice in Wonderland,” “Frankenweenie”). John G. Scotti (“Muppets Most Wanted,” “The Muppets”) is the executive producer; Linda Woolverton (“Maleficent,” “Alice In Wonderland,” “Beauty and the Beast”) penned the screenplay. Shooting on location and at Shepperton Studios in England, the film is slated for release on May 27, 2016.
The all-star ensemble cast includes:
· 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.
The film welcomes back several key members of the “Alice In Wonderland” team, including award-winning composer Danny Elfman (“Fifty Shades of Grey,” “Big Eyes,” Silver Linings Playbook”), three-time Oscar®-winning costume designer Colleen Atwood (“Memoirs of a Geisha,” “Chicago”), who won Oscar, BAFTA and Satellite awards, among others, for her work on “Alice In Wonderland,” and five-time Oscar-winning VFX supervisor Ken Ralston (“Forrest Gump,” “Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi”), who won a Satellite Award for best visual effects for “Alice In Wonderland.”
Bobin’s award-winning production team also includes Oscar®-winning production designer Dan Hennah (“King Kong,” “The Hobbit” trilogy, “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy, Oscar for “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King”), and Stuart Dryburgh (“The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,” “Bridget Jones’ Diary,” Oscar nomination for “The Piano”) as director of photography. The film welcomes Oscar-winning make-up and hair designer Peter King (“Lord of the Rings: Return of the King,” Oscar nominee for “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”), and Oscar winner Neil Corbould (“Gravity,” “Gladiator”) is special effects supervisor. Andrew Weisblum (“Noah,” Oscar nominee “Black Swan”) is editor.
There are already some pictures from the set of the movie
But there aren't informations about Johnny on set. Except that I've read at "Johnny Depp Reads" ( ) a tweet from a man who was just chosen as Johnny's body double, so that's makes me believe that they are just preparing for Johnny's shoot and not that they are ready, but who knows
Still, Johnny's character seems pivotal even more now than in the first movie:
Story-wise, Through the Looking Glass is officially described as being “an all-new tale that travels back to Underland – and back in Time.” That’s not to say the film will be a prequel, mind, as Mia Wasikowska will be reprising her role as the grown-up Alice Kingsleigh, who’s now “on a quest to help the Mad Hatter” – once again, brought to life by Johnny Depp – and in Burton’s movie, it was suggested that Alice has only previously visited Underland as a child. Perhaps time-traveling antics are in order, for the sequel? ...
Thanks Sophy! So, is it: Alice In Wonderland: Through The Looking Glass (what they recently said the title was changed to) Alice Through The Looking Glass (what the image Sophy posted shows) Through The Looking Glass (what it was being called for awhile previously)
I vote for #2, myself.
I'm sad that Crispin Glover isn't returning. As a person, he always seems very out-there and just about ready for the loony bin But I did very much enjoy his character in AIW. I was NOT a fan of Anne Hathaway's portrayal of the White Queen (even though I usually like her well enough in most things), but I'll just have to deal with it Glad to see that most of the rest of the AIW cast is returning.