Sacha Baron Cohen Eyeing Villain Role in 'Alice in Wonderland' Sequel
Just last fall, before Thanksgiving, we learned that Disney would send their sequel to Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland to theaters on May 27th, 2016. Both Johnny Depp and Mia Wasikowska are returning as The Mad Hatter and Alice respectively, and now we have word on the villain for the sequel called Through the Looking Glass. Variety reports Borat and Brüno star Sacha Baron Cohen is currently in talks to take the antagonist role, but the only details about the character known right now are that he is called Time. Coincidentally, Cohen previously worked with Johnny Depp on Burton's 2007 adaptation of Sweeney Todd.
Cohen will shoot the recently annonced spy comedy Grimsby with Louis Leterrier early this summer before heading over to the Disney sequel. The actor is just as theatrical as Depp when it comes to roles like this, so his part as the film's villain should prove to be fruitful. However, this time it will be The Muppets director James Bobin behind the camera instead of Burton, so we'll see if fans still like the sequel as much without the Hot Topic merchandise creator directing. We'll likely hear more news on this project soon.