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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