Meet the cast: Tim Burton’s ‘Alice in Wonderland’

Oct. 26, 2008 | 2:02 a.m.

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Work is underway on Tim Burton’s decidedly un-Disney adaptation of "Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland," and the principal cast has been announced. The latest additions to be made public are Anne Hathaway (pictured above), who catapulted to fame in "The Princess Diaries" and will reportedly portray the White Queen, and Crispin Glover (center), who is coming off of "Beowulf" (and was so memorable in "Back to the Future") and is slated for the Knave of Hearts role. Johnny Depp (right) is the Mad Hatter in a movie that Burton told me he hoped would have "a gravity that most film versions haven’t had."

The filmmaker turns to Depp a lot, of course, (this is their seventh project together) and he also is steady in his screen devotion to his partner, Helena Bonham Carter (pictured below, at left) who will be the Red Queen in "Alice." (Burton’s movie, like the 1950s Disney adaptation, will apparently combine the Queen of Hearts from "Alice’s Adventures" with the Red Queen from "Through the Looking Glass," but that’s a conversation for another day.) The title "Alice" role belongs to Aussie newcomer Mia Wasikowska (middle picture, and you can see some photos of her in the role in England in September right here) while British funny guy Matt Lucas (pictured at right, of the U.K. sketch show "Little Britain") will play the rotund dimwits Tweedledee and Tweedledum. Lots more to come on this film….

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— Geoff Boucher

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Credits: Anne Hathaway photo by Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times. Crispin Glover photo by Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times. Johnny Depp photo by Frank Robichon / Getty Images. Helena Bonham Carter in the film "Conversations with Women." Mia Wasikowska in Getty Images photograph. Matt Lucas photo courtesy of Virgin Media.

UPDATE: An earlier version of this post suggested that Crispin Glover was in more than one of the "Back the the Future" movies. Spliced footage of Glover and a look-a-like was used in the sequel.

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52 Responses to Meet the cast: Tim Burton’s ‘Alice in Wonderland’

  1. JD says:

    I can't wait! I'm sooo exited. Who can resist another movie with the wonderful and talented Johnny Depp, Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter.

  2. Pissed off. says:

    This cast is an all time suck, they are in NO way capable of playing the roles put infront of them, this movie is going to suck.

  3. jackfrost says:

    nah, the cast doesn't suck. not everyone has good taste.
    the film will do fine and i am quite sure it doesn't need everyone's money to pass the muster.

  4. oomingmak says:

    Gee, let me guess…..Alice in Wonderland goes goth, right? After seeing what Tim did to Batman and Willy Wonka (Charly and chocolate factory), I can only imagine how this will turn out. Tim's "I'm a misunderstood loner who was misunderstood and alone in high school" schtick worked in the 80s and 90s, but it's old hat now. Of course, if he's aiming this at high school girls and college art majors…..

  5. Lawrence says:

    Technically, Crispin Glover was only in the first "Back To The Future" movie. There was that whole controversy where the filmmakers of "Part 2" used outtake footage of him from "Part 1" since he declined to appear in the sequels, and famously sued them for infringement of his likeness.

  6. pamela fruendt says:

    some of you people expect far too much from a film. look, we'll plop down our money, sit in the dark and be transported to another world for 2 or so hours…we'll forget all the distractions in our lives…which is what movies are supposed to do. burton's vision always makes for an interesting ride!

  7. Arian says:

    This looks like it is going to be a rip off of American Mcgee's Alice. Which should have been made back when the game was and Christina Ricc was young enough to play alice

  8. Rita Staples says:

    Tim Burton and Johnny Depp together are my version of a 'white knuckle ride', sit down hold on tight and come out gasping. stuff of dreams and nightmares. keep them coming!!!

  9. gay says:

    not alice in wonderland!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. Sarah Jackson says:

    Ugh NOOOO Alice should be Anna Sophia Robb or Mary Kate Olsen Them Two would be the best And Helena IS DEFINATLEY THE RIGHT PERSON TO PLAY THE RED QUEEN WOOO!!!! AND YES JOHNNY DEPP HE HAS THE BEST PART!!!

  11. Jason says:

    I'm getting tired of him using Depp and Carter. Play a new tune, dude. I know they're great…but…ugh. And I agree with Arian…I would love to have seen a young Ricci play as Alice, especially if we're giving it a darker theme. I'll go see it, dunno if it will suck. People thought Willy Wonka wouldn't, but I disagree.

  12. annoyed says:

    Anne Hathaway! The rest of the cast is fantastic but there in lies a bad choice…. She cannot act, especially not for the role of the white queen, argh. I was so looking forward to this but now i'm just dreading seeing a movie with Anne Hathaway in it! Good call casting a newcomer as Alice though.

  13. Hannah East says:

    I am a HUGE Alice In Wonderland fan, every time I come across a new website complimenting the theories of Lewis Carroll, I get chills. I am completely looking forward to this new production. Best wishes!

  14. Janna says:

    Johnny Depp in a Tim Burton film? Imagine that!
    But, seriously, I bet it will be really good! I am excited!

  15. Kyle says:

    So when is someone going to put out an Alice movie and use the correct characters? Tweedledee and Tweedledum were in 'Through the Looking Glass' not 'Adventures in Wonderland.'
    I would think it to be a good idea to make two different movies to represent each book. Both books have continuing themes while providing their own uniqueness as well.

  16. Lily says:

    Depp is ok; his wife is soooooo boring

  17. poptart says:

    Kyle- Burton is combining the films which is why the movie itself is called Alice.
    Im really really excited for the film because a) alice in wonderland and through the looking glass are my favorite stories in the whole world. b)depp and burton are a wonder team know matter how many people feel its overplayed. c) helena is a great actress and I think she will do an amazing job as the red queen/queen of hearts.
    The only two downfalls are that Disney is in charge(or so i hear) of production so that worries me and also its going to cause a whole pirates of the carribean/twilight/harry potter hot topic following that will get old real quick. Right when I see a tshirt with johnny depp as the mad hatter on it with one of his lines from the movie, im going to scream.

  18. Sara says:

    Tim Burton will bring a whole new persona to alice an woderland and he is the only one whoe can bring out the realy trippy and creepy side that it always has had. now it will come to life. of course with great actors as johnny depp playing a perfect part as well as helena carter..perfect roles..not sure about alice but again if this is produced by tim burton it will definitely be something to experience and the real acid trip story will come to life…

  19. Elle says:

    I am so sick of people assuming if it isn't cheerful it's automatically goth and therefore you have to be depressed or psuedo-deep to like it. You're calling *him* old hat? Loose the stereotypes, man.
    *cough* enough of that… this should be pretty good, though I'm worried Tim's developing a sort of repetion in his work… at least this has it's own set storyline, so he can add his style to it, and keep the interesting progress… but since Disney's making it, I'll buy the DVD and American Mcgee's Alice on DVD, then watch them one after the other. Mix whimsy, style, violence, and Johnny Depp. Yummy.

  20. Candi says:

    Burton, Depp and Carter… cant possible go wrong

  21. jenni says:

    Firstly, i would like to say that this film was originally ment to be being produced by someone else but upuntil recently all the cast were going to do it but have now chosen not to and the company helping to fund it have pulled out as well, this is THEREFORE WHY TIM BURTON IS NOW PRODUCING. and ORIGINALLY IT WAS MENT TO BE BASED ON THE AMERICAN MCGEE'S GAME VERSION but now tim burtons in on it it's more than likely going to be changes to his ideas and concept and become the same as all his works, as much as i love the guy we've seen it all TOO MUCH…his ideas are really not original anymore . i do agree that Christina Ricc would have been ideal, and pissed off that johnny depp's being used he doesn't deserve the role of the madhatter. However, having said this i will still watch it as i am a huge fan of Alice

  22. Jilli says:

    I have been forced to comment. Send help or I shall say something unnerving resulting in a firing squad and my utter and complete annihilation, on second thought I shall call the Red Rider for a second opinion.

  23. Tuula says:

    Re. Jenni, Why don't you think the great Johnny Depp deserves to be the Madhatter?
    I on the contrary think he'll be superb. I'm also an old fan of them both, Johnny and Madhatter!

  24. lexi says:

    Well, yes Time burtons vision is getting to be a tad bit generic, but its not like we are going to stop him!! I agree that Willy Wonka was a piece of crap, we cannot neglect the fact that all the movies he does boost him to instant popularity!! All the merchandise seen is just monetary value for him… Its a must for the companies to do so that they can gain money off of a brilliant mind and masterpiece…
    Hopefully this work will not follow in the footsteps of the past and will be a new break through for burton, carter and depp… who can say that we all didn't get swept away with his dark and 'gothic' themes in Nightmare and Corpse Bride…
    As long as depp continues to be his ultimate sexi self, then this movie should go pretty well. =)
    P.S. What is with this Alice?? I have not seen this girl before, and I predict a very lame pick in actress…

  25. Am really excited about seeing this film – great casting and locations.
    'I am eating BOTH sides of the mushroom' – Jane Air
    Love Alice in Wonderland – my favourite classic and my biggest influence.

  26. alice hirsch says:

    Oh my, what will they think of next ,,,,Hmmm let's see how about Calys pronounced See-Alice adrug named after a fairy tale heroin [ the most recognizable] and a little girl] and use this name to sell a drug to give erections to older men . is that dark enough???

  27. alice hirsch says:

    the perfect Mad Hatter – Tim Burton!

  28. meagan says:

    I would like to see Dakota Fanning play Alice in the movie

  29. marni says:

    I can't wait!!!!!!!!!

  30. alyssa says:

    nothanks to Dakota Fanning. She can stick to lame chick flicks please.
    This new girl looks like an excellent Alice. And the person who commented second about this cast being bad is kind of dumb, this cast is excellent. It probably couldn't be better, with the exception of Anne Hathaway…

  31. Carly says:

    Wow, very mixed opinions about this movie, but i think it's going to be amazing. The cast is awesome, despite what anyone says. It's true, Anne Hathaway may be a little out of place in this film, but other than that, it's good. Tim Burton and Johnny Depp are absolutely amazing, so yeah. Ha.

  32. Amelia vixen says:

    Im sooo excited! i dont think a scary version has been done yet, i would of liked to see Evan Rachael Wood as Alice though or Sarah michelle geller..

  33. Mika R. says:

    Wow this movie is gonna be amazing!! I absolutely can't wait to go see it. I heard about a while back in a magazine but there were no details so I just had to look it up. =]
    What's with all the hater comments? Jeez if you don't like it then just don't read or comment about it. It's as easy as that.

  34. Tim burton HBC fan!! says:

    This film is going to be AMAZING!! with the best director,and the talented helena bonham carter and johnny depp what can go wrong??

  35. chris says:

    woooww im realy excited i cant wait till this film has come out

  36. XtianSays says:

    lets see here…
    1. Alice – Adventures and Looking Glass = Fave stories of all time.
    2. Depp = Fave actor
    3. Bonham-Carter = Fave actress since A Room With A View
    4. Burton = One of Fave Producer/Directors
    5. Eflman (assuming, but gotta go with who Burton almost always works with here) = Musical/Score genious
    ummm… i dont see where this could go wrong AT ALL.
    not even with Hathaway, whom I actually think is a very good actress and hey, just cuz she hasnt always done the best movies doesnt mean she isnt right for the part. allow someone to stretch their legs and they may just surprise the pants off of you.
    i am extremely excited about this. thats just one persons opinion.
    and no, im not a depressed/emo/goth teenager. i just know great talent and vision and art and appreciate it.
    am i saying these people are the greatest, no. but they are top of the line and yes, i am including Hathaway in that.

  37. anon says:

    I think this film will be one to remember. Burton, Carter and Depp are awesome together. Don't think they'll ever fail to disappoint. Quirky and different. I'm excited. I like the new pick for Alice too. People are putting too much a negative twist on this film.

  38. SouthernGothic says:

    The cast looks pretty good except for Depp. I like his work as a whole but he just cannot play a whimsically mad character, ie the silly butchering of Willie Wonka, and the role is way beyond what he can do. I look forward to the film other than his part in it.

  39. Saruh says:

    to be honest you can call it whatever you want i guess we all have our own opinions. alice in wonderland is supposed to be a bit on the twisted side, just because you were pacified with the sugar coated images disney produced for you less-than-original thinkers, doesn't mean you should nitpick burton's work. i despise the disney version. i have held true to the books & i've been waiting for someone with an off the wall almost exxcentric personality to undergo the journey of turning the book into a reality. the books were based on madness, so why not pick someone who will make it how it was MEANT to be. if you want it to be all bright colours & a good time for the whole family – sit at home with your disney copy, i'd much rathersee something worth while by someone who actually processed the thought that wonderland was full of crazies.

  40. Christine says:

    personally I think it's pretty ridiculous to come on here and not only attack great actors, but also directors. Yes, it is a widely known fact that Tim Burton and Johnny Depp work together in the moajority of his movies. If you don't like the fact that this happens simply don't watch his movies. Also if you think Burton's ideas are tired and played out don't watch them. However to have nothing better to than to get online and blast these people for getting ahead in their craft is dumb. Obviously they are all doing something right or they wouldn't be as sucessful as they are… I can't wait to see this movie and any other great movie Tim Burton comes out with. I think his attention to detail is outstanding, and I thoroughly enjoy watching the twisted spins Depp puts into his character.

  41. The me says:

    I think the movie will be amazing Mr. Burton always puts a good spin on things :) And johnny depp as the mad hatter is genius… but I think he could have had a better alice… but thats just my opinion otherwise the rest of the cast rocks my socks WOOT!!!

  42. Corey says:

    @ oomingmak
    Technically, Tim Burton wouldn't be the first to go the creepy, goth route. American McGee, about 6 or 7 (more or less) years ago, made the video game "American McGee's Alice" and it was in talks to be adapted for the screen. It never did, but nevertheless – the video game was made.

  43. ariana says:

    whether you like it or not. alice in wonderland is being made and im going to watch it because i love alice in wonderland!!!

  44. Alden says:

    Anyone who's wondering about Mia Wasikowska, the young lady chosen to portray Alice, don't worry about her being a 'newcomer'. Anyone who watched her amazing turn in season one of HBO's 'In Treatment' know that she's brilliant (Google her name with 'In Treatment', you'll get a sense of how great she was). She's actually the main reason I'm excited for the film, despite being a big fan of Depp, Burton and Hathaway as well.

  45. Jessica says:

    i my self cant wait. johnny depp is great at weird and twisted and alice in wonderland is just that, a weird and twisted place. so i think it will be a great interpratation of the original.

  46. Christine J says:

    I'm totally excited about this movie. I would have like to have seen Christina Ricci play Alice though. But happy Burton is making an Alice movie none the less!!

  47. Namu says:

    Alice in Wonderland is my favorite book, so I'm very excited!
    But you know, even if this movie looked like it was gonna suck, it's got Alan Rickman. And a movie with Alan Rickman = my butt in a seat.

  48. Beca says:

    Chosing an unfamiliar actor to play alice is a smart move- she's the main character and we don't want to have any preconcieved notions about her-otherwise it would ruin the movie because we've already seen the "normal alice" forget about that- i want to see the OTHER ALICE!-the one that's new, and different. That's what Burton is all about- taking something we already understand & turning it into something new and mysterious.

  49. SuicideAngel65 says:

    I think this movie will be amazing and have soooo many hits.It has a whole bunch of awesome actors and actresses that will make this movie increadiable.I can't wait to see it.I'm soo pumped.

  50. Queen of Hearts says:

    About the Author: Rev. Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, third of eleven children of an Anglican priest, was a mathematician and a logician who was a lecturer at Oxford for some 26 years. He was also an accomplished photographer, and a Church Deacon. Dodgson's pen name, (and the name by which you will undoubtedly know him best), was Lewis Carroll. He is best known for his whimsical tales, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass.
    In Carroll's original (1862-1864) manuscript for the story, Alice's Adventures Underground, which he personally illustrated, Alice was not the little blonde girl in a pinafore we have come to know from subsequent illustrations
    Charles Dodgson himself also recalled that day and others that followed:
    "Many a day we rowed together on that quiet stream – the three little maidens and I – and many a fairy tale had been extemporised for their benefit- .. -yet none of these tales got written down: they lived and died, like summer midges, each in its own golden afternoon until there came a day when, as it chanced, one of the listeners petitioned that the tale might be written down for her."
    This first manuscript, which was called Alice's Adventures under Ground is thought to have probably been destroyed in 1864 when, on November 26th 1864, Dodgson presented Alice Liddell with a more elaborate hand-printed second version which included 37 of his own illustrations as a Christmas present.
    The manuscript, entitled "Alice's Adventures Underground" was presented to Alice Liddell, inscribed as "A Christmas Gift to a Dear Child, in Memory of a Summer Day".

  51. happy says:

    sounds exciting i heard the sound track today it rox

  52. Chris says:

    okay- SAW IT! I loved it and for those of you wanting Christina Ricci instead of MIA… Well, I guess that's why Tim Burton is successful and you're just a critic. I thought all the casting was perfect and each of the characters were brought to life well. I didn't see goth, just some very artistic makeup and special effects. It very much reminded me of Disney's version of Alice only made to look realistic and 12 +/- years later. You'll have to watch many times to see all the details and please just sit and relax. Try not to critique- you'll miss the beauty. My recommendation- Check it out!

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