A very important date: ‘Alice in Wonderland’ will premiere in London on Feb. 25

Feb. 11, 2010 | 6:54 a.m.


Are you ready for a trip down the rabbit hole? Tim Burton, Johnny Depp and Disney are adding a strange new chapter to the Lewis Carroll classic with their “Alice in Wonderland,” a film that presents a young woman who finds herself in the world of the Mad Hatter, the Cheshire Cat and the Red Queen. She is welcomed as a returning visitor — but is she, in fact, the same Alice who roamed the trippy realm as a child? Time will tell. Here at the Hero Complex, we’re counting down to the film’s March 5 release with daily coverage.

Johnny Depp

Alice in Wonderland” will stage its world premiere on Feb. 25 at Odeon Leicester Square in London with Tim Burton, Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Avril Lavigne, Alan RickmanAnne Hathaway and Christopher Lee among the famous faces that will be on hand for the gala event, as will Mia Wasikowska, the Australian starlet who portrays the title character.

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall will also attend the premiere, which is being staged as a fund-raiser for The Prince’s Foundation for Children & the Arts. The film opens wide on March 5. The Burton-directed film is a hybrid of animation, live action and green-screen digital effects and will be shown in 3D. The themed celebration for the premiere will tap into the imagery of the film but the details are being kept under wraps at this point.

Other cast members expected to attend are Crispin Glover, Matt Lucas, Timothy Spall, Paul Whitehouse, Barbara Windsor and Michael Sheen. “Alice in Wonderland” dips into the classic surreal imagery of Lewis Carroll’s writing but it is not a remake of any of the films or musicals presented under that familiar title through the years — it’s a new tale of an older Alice who goes through the rabbit hole to Wonderland and is greeted as a return visitor. But is she the same Alice who took a magic journey through the strange realm as a child?

The film is based on the script by Linda Woolverton.

— Geoff Boucher


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PHOTO: Johnny Depp at London’s Leicester Square on June 29 at the British Premiere of “Public Enemies” (Max NashGetty Images)


4 Responses to A very important date: ‘Alice in Wonderland’ will premiere in London on Feb. 25

  1. louise says:

    What are you talking about, Mr. Boucher? Latest info is that AIW will not even be shown in England in any major houses – despite the elaborate premier plans – as a result of Disney's dispute with theatre owners re: length of run (reduced to 13 weeks) for the film. Italy and the USA are also being strong-armed by the Mouse. Seems Disney is now helmed by a bunch of greedy TV hacks who know nothing about the film industry. They are burning a lot of bridges . . . fast.

  2. Katie says:

    Thanks for the info!
    I'm so glad the premiere is right here in London!
    I am going to look at for Avril around that week…

  3. Tony Marshall says:

    I cant wait for this films release on the 5th March 2010. The premiere was announced a while ago on Mark Boardman's website for the 25th Feb 2010 at the Odeon.
    Lots are stars are due to attend though Disney are still in talks for it's release in march as they only want 'The Odeon' to show it for 8 weeks, Where as the Odeon want a 13 week license.
    The site I found with all the details is http://www.ukfilmpremieres.co.uk
    There are links to the Leicester square cinemas, and red carpet pics etc. If I hear any news regarding London film premieres I will post it here,
    Johnny Depp plus a large part of the cast will attend !
    Autograph collector

  4. John D. Onischuk says:

    Hello Alice,I saw you crazed little White Rabbit on page 25 in The Chicago Sun~Times today,3/1/10. He He He, JD

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