Anne Hathaway Stumbles into Burton's Alice in Wonderland
by Alex Billington
October 7, 2008
In a rather surprising casting announcment, Anne Hathaway has joined Tim Burton's currently in-production hybrid reboot of Disney's classic tale Alice in Wonderland. Wait, what?! Additionally, in a rather unsurprising casting announcement, Burton's wife Helena Bonham Carter will also star in the film alongside of Hathaway. We know that beautiful young actress Mia Wasikowska is playing Alice, Johnny Depp is playing the Mad Hatter, and now Hathaway will play the White Queen while Bonham Carter will play the Red Queen. This pretty much rounds out the cast for the film, which will also feature appearances by Matt Lucas, Michael Sheen, and Christopher Lee in currently unnamed roles.
For those who may be unfamiliar with the project, Tim Burton's take on the classic Disney tale will be a hybrid film featuring both live-action and CGI characters, much like a twisted combination of Burton's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Alvin and the Chipmunks. The White Queen (Hathaway) is the sister to the evil Red Queen (Carter), who is known for saying "off with their heads!" The White Queen needs Alice to find and kill a creature known as the Bandersnatch. I've seen some early concept art of the two queens and let's just say - you definitely won't have been able to imagine anything like them.