Disney Firms Up 'Alice in Wonderland' Sequel Cast, Begins Production
by Ethan Anderton
August 4, 2014
Following news of Bill Murray joining the cast of Disney's The Jungle Book from director Jon Favreau, the studio has just announced the start of production on Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass, the sequel to Tim Burton's 2010 box office hit. This time it's The Muppets director James Bobin at the helm with a script from the first film's writer Linda Woolverton. Disney has also confirmed the full cast which includes the return of Mia Wasikowska as Alice, Johnny Depp as The Mad Hatter and Helena Bonham Carter as Red Queen Iracebeth and also Matt Lucas as Tweedledee and Tweedledum in a story that travels back to Underland—and back in Time. So that sounds epic, we suppose. More below!
In addition, the major voice cast players are back including Stephen Fry as the Cheshire Cat, Alan Rickman as the Blue Caterpillar, Michael Sheen as the White Rabbit, Timothy Spall as Bayard, Paul Whitehouse as the March Hare, and Barbara Windsor as the Dormouse. New cast members (which we already heard about previously) include Rhys Ifans as Zanik Hightopp, the Mad Hatter's father, and Sacha Baron Cohen as Time. And one new addition that has just surfaced is Eragon star Ed Speelers as James Harcourt, a character we're not familiar with. And finally Toby Jones (Captain America: The First Avenger) has joined the film to lend his voice to Wilkins.
The studio also revealed that Danny Elfman will return to compose the score for the sequel, which makes sense since Tim Burton is still producing the sequel for Disney. Key crew members returning include Oscar-winning costume designer Colleen Atwood (Chicago) and Oscar-winning visual effects supervisor Ken Ralston (Return of the Jedi). And there's also production designer Dan Hennah (The Hobbit), director of photography Stuart Dryburgh (The Secret Life of Walter Mitty), hair and make-up designer Peter King (Return of the King), special effects supervisor Neil Corbould (Gravity) and editor Andrew Weisblum (Black Swan). Disney sends the film to theaters on May 27th, 2016.