I thought it couldn’t get any better when I first read, however long ago, that Tim Burton is helming the upcoming Disney live-action Alice in Wonderland, slated for release in 2010. Because if ever there was a match made in heaven, surely it’s Burton’s offbeat sensibilities and Carroll’s tale of sometimes psychedelic adventure, right?
But then it did get better, when it was announced that Johnny Depp will play the Mad Hatter. Because, obviously.
It couldn’t get any better than that, right?
Wrong—it just got even better:
Anne Hathaway, who is generating buzz for her performance in “Rachel Getting Married,” has signed for a role in “Alice in Wonderland,” which Tim Burton is directing for Disney.
Helena Bonham Carter also has joined the film.
The movie, which stars Mia Wasikowska as Alice and Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter, will use a combination of live action and performance-capture technology to tell the Lewis Carroll story.
Hathaway is playing the White Queen, a benevolent monarch who is deposed and banished by her sister, the Red Queen (Carter), who has an affinity for crying out, “Off with their heads!” The White Queen needs Alice to slay a creature known as the Bandersnatch.
I don’t usually sit around discussing films that aren’t going to be out for a couple of years, yet, but I guess you could say I’m a little excited about this one. This could be awesome beyond measure.