Yep, the sequel to Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland is actually happening. However, Burton is stepping back into the role of producer, with James Bobin (The Muppets and Muppets Most Wanted) directing. Things look a bit more lurid this time around in Alice Through the Looking Glass, which has Alice (Mia Wasikowska) returning to Underland through a special mirror in order to save the Mad Hatter (Johnny Depp).
The whole cast is back: Helena Bonham Carter as the Red Queen (who, it seems, is teaming up with Alice and the Hatter), Anne Hathaway as the White Queen, Alan Rickman as the Blue Caterpillar, Michael Sheen as the White Rabbit. The two new arrivals are Rhys Ifans as the Hatter’s father, Zanik Hightopp, and Sacha Baron Cohen as Time, the part-human, part-clock villain. Not only must Alice return to Underland after leaving for an indeterminate amount of time, but she must also travel backwards in time.
Burton’s first film was nicely gloomy, making it look almost scary. By contrast, this just looks over-the-top:
Alice Through the Looking Glass comes to theaters May 27, 2016.