Mia Wasikowska Cast as Alice in Tim Burton's Wonderland
by Alex Billington
July 23, 2008
Back in November last year we announced that filmmaker Tim Burton would be working on two highly anticipated feature films: a full-length adaptation of Frankenweenie and Alice in Wonderland in 3D. Frankenweenie is nothing more than a stop-animation feature film, but Alice in Wonderland is some sort of combination of live-action and performance-capture CGI that will be presented fully in 3D. Burton and crew announced tonight that Australian actress Mia Wasikowska has been cast in the film as Alice. The script, obviously based on Lewis Carroll's classic novel, was penned by Disney writer Linda Woolverton (of Beauty and the Beast, Homeward Bound, and Lion King) and is being directed by Tim Burton himself.
I was recently convinced that 3D, when implemented from the ground up, can be used in great ways. So taking Tim Burton's imaginative Wonderland and adding 3D filmmaking to it could only mean great things, right? Well don't forget that Burton made Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, a movie that I have quickly forgotten. Unfortunately Alice in Wonderland sounds like it'll be subject to the same Burton butchering; he's only a great filmmaker when he's not limited by the MPAA (at least I think). As for the choice of Woolverton for the lead - why not? I haven't seen her in anything really, but she's definitely cute enough to take on the role. When this was first announced, it was supposed to have finished shooting by now and be out by the end of the year. But it sounds like Alice in Wonderland is now on track for 2010.