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

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

“ALICE IN WONDERLAND” COUNTDOWN: 23 DAYS

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)

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