I came across the released cast photos yesterday and could not contain my excitement! Granted it, I'm slightly bitter that I myself am not in it, but I still have my Thundercats dream and a few other projects I feel I personally SHOULD be a part of, but I digress. Tim Burton is the only man I can imagine who could do justice recreating the vivid, visually stimulating Lewis Carroll classic, with his cinematic genius. And from the look at the cast photos and a few scenery stills, we will all be impressed and amazed.
Susan Wloszczyna of USA TODAY wrote, "The traditional tale has been freshened with a blast of girl power, courtesy of writer Linda Woolverton (Beauty and the Beast). Alice, 17, attends a party at a Victorian estate only to find she is about to be proposed to in front of hundreds of snooty society types. Off she runs, following a white rabbit into a hole and ending up in Wonderland, a place she visited 10 years before yet doesn't remember."
Burton turned to Johnny Depp for the seventh time to help recreate this acid trip, as the Mad Hatter,
I find this image very reminiscent of his role in Burton's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, or maybe it's Gene Wilder that I'm reminded of? Yeah, that must be it, regardless Depp will be superb in this role, especially since he has many previous work experience with such animated eccentric characters to draw from.
Burton turned to his muse and wife of 8 years, Helena Bonham-Carter to take on the role of the cantankerous Queen of Hearts, who appears to be merging with the Red Queen also.
To Burtonize this character, Helena's head will be increased three times the size of her body, also the monarch known for dismemberment, "Off with their heads!" will have a moat filled with former foes. (Was that an unintentional example of alliteration? Ooh, I'm good!).
Anne Hathaway was unexpectedly cast as the White Queen,
I'm actually quite in love with this image of her, but nobody can take the place in my heart of Carol Channing's White Queen. Anne described her character with a Happy Bunny caption, "Cute but Psycho. Things even out."
Further photos include Matt Lucas as Tweedledee and Tweedledum,
Whom, I've learned from his IMDB page, is the voice of Astroboy... They're remaking Astroboy!?!?! I'm feeling both nostalgia and annoyance (an emotion which was often evoked as a child when there was nothing else on TV to watch, besides Astroboy).
And we can not forget the heroine, Alice herself,
Played by little known aussie actress, Mia Wasikowska. When referring to casting Mia, Burton had this to say, "We met a lot of people, but she just had that certain kind of emotional toughness, standing her ground in a way that makes her kind of an older person but with a younger person's mentality."
In this photo, Mia here reminds me of a young Mischa Barton, circa Sixth Sense.
And in this, Kirsten Dunst, circa Interview with a Vampire. Anyway, I think it's a clever move to chose an unestablished actress to play Alice, they usually possess innocence, naivety, and curiosity that veterans lack.
The CG animation is visually surreal,
and in true Burton fashion, a little creepy. I'm growing curiouser and curiouser to see promo photos of some of the other characters, including Alan Rickman as the Caterpillar (could he possibly outdue Sammy Davis Jr though? I think not!), the evil Saruman (Christopher Lee) as the Jabberwock, Stephen Fry as the Cheshire Cat, and often deranged Crispin Glover as the Knave of Hearts.