Walt Disney Studios has released the first promotional pictures for their upcoming adaptation of Alice in Wonderland, simply titled Wonderland. Directed by Tim Burton, the film is more of a sequel, setting a 17-year old Alice back down the rabbit hole after ten years away. The film will be a spectacular combination of CG animation and motion capture and 3-D effects, quite fitting for the wonderland Burton has re-imagined.
Burton has created an all-star ensemble to portray Lewis Carrollís beloved characters. A Burton favorite, Johnny Depp is the eccentric and over-the-top Mad Hatter; this will be Depp and Burtonís seventh film together. In addition to Depp, the film stars Helena Bonham Carter as the Red Queen and Anne Hathaway as the White Queen. A further cast list includes Christopher Lee, Michael Sheen, Alan Rickman, Stephen Fry, Crispin Glover, and Timothy Spall. Judging from the outlandish look of Deppís Mad Hatter, however, you may be hard pressed to recognize these talents in the film! Australian actress Mia Wasikowska will portray the 17-year old Alice.
Burtonís adaptation of Alice in Wonderland doesnít hit theaters until March 5th, 2010, but you can wander around wonderland over at USA Today.