Rhys Ifans is the Mad Hatter's Father in 'Through the Looking Glass'
Back in April, stage actor Mark Rylance was in talks to play the father of Johnny Depp's looney Mad Hatter in Through the Looking Glass, the sequel to Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland adaptation. However, it appears the actor never finalized a deal, because The Wrap has word that The Amazing Spider-Man villain Rhys Ifans has landed the role instead. Ifans will be playing Zanik Hightopp, the Mad Hatter's father, who cannot hide his bright-colored hair beneath a top hat. What's interesting though is that despite Ifans weathered look when compared to Depp, the actor is actually four years younger than his on-screen son.
Both actor will be covered in so much make-up that it won't matter, but it's certainly an interesting move. Ifans is a gifted character actor who has recently been busy with the tail-end of the second season of the CBS crime procedural "Elementary" where he played Mycroft, brother to Jonny Lee Miller's contemporary Sherlock Holmes. His pairing with Depp should make for some fun, but we're still not sure what's going on with the sequel's story. Anyway, James Bobin (The Muppets) is directing the sequel with Mia Waiskowska returning in the lead role, and Disney has the film set for release on May 27th, 2016.
Haven't seen the Alice in Wonderland cartoon since I was a child. Never saw the 2010 live action film, although I've heard it was a sequel to the cartoon....and that it wasn't all that good. Perhaps I should watch them both....just so I am justified in whatever level of excitement/pessimism I have when it comes to this movie. All that being said, from what I understand the director is a pretty huge, legit fan of the Alice in Wonderland author...so hopefully he'll approach the material with a sense of care and reverence that will translate to a good movie.
Chris Groves on May 30, 2014
Compared to most iterations of Alice, the Burton was was visually impressive and crazy, but the story was extremely plain.
OfficialJab on May 30, 2014
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