First look on the upcoming 2010 Tim Burton film, Alice in Wonderland.
[source: USA Today]
“It has been Burton-ized” is how producer Richard Zanuck describes the director’s vision of the Lewis Carroll classic. Many elements are familiar, from the enigmatic Caterpillar (Alan Rickman) to the fierce Jabberwock (Christopher Lee). But none has been presented in this sort of visually surreal fashion.
“We finished shooting in December after only 40 days,” Zanuck says. Now the live action is being merged with CG animation and motion-capture creatures, and then transferred into 3-D.
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.
Johnny Depp as Mad Hatter
Among those who welcome her back is the Mad Hatter, a part tailor-made for Johnny Depp as he collaborates with Burton for the seventh time. “This character is off his rocker,” Zanuck says.
Aussie actress Mia Wasikowska, 19, best known for HBO’s In Treatment, has the coveted title role. “There is something real, honest and sincere about her,” Zanuck says. “She’s not a typical Hollywood starlet.”
Helena Bonham Carter as the Red Queen
Wonderland was a peaceful kingdom until the Red Queen (Helena Bonham Carter) took power. “The creatures are ready to revolt and waiting for Alice to help them,” says Zanuck. Bonham Carter has a digitally enhanced swelled head to play the domineering crimson ruler, who likes nothing better than to scream “Off with their heads!”
There is the usual Burton-esque ghoulishness (Helena Bonham Carter’s Red Queen, whose favorite retort is “Off with their heads,” has a moat filled with bobbing noggins), but Zanuck assures most kids can handle it. “The book itself is pretty dark,” he notes. “This is for little people and people who read it when they were little 50 years ago.”
Anne Hathaway as the White Queen
The White Queen (Anne Hathaway), who was overthrown by her sister, “is beautiful but over the top. She doesn’t walk. She floats. She’s very eccentric,” Zanuck says.
Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland will be on theaters, March 5, 2010.
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Be aware that I will laugh out loud at your face when I start to hear some “Oh noes! Tim Burton with Disney? Wtfblahblah” comments. I’ll share some little tidbit first. Tim Burton had worked with Disney before, Nightmare Before Christmas is just an example of that.
Next, I literally am surprised to see Tim Burton behind this and for sure, the film will follow the original book, which is dark and all. That just made me excited sfm. And lol I hope this will scare the hell out of me. I think his work with Charlie and the Chocolate factory was really loyal to the original novel. So I hope this one will be pulled off successfully and be just like the original too, not the previous adaptation.
Johnny Depp looks utterly… scary O___o. Not sexy XD. Though his collaboration with Tim Burton is like, done a million times already, I still had never gotten tired of it. I don’t know why, but I really love how Tim Burton pulls off something really edgy in every film that makes me really enjoy them all ^^. I think this will be either “super-awesome” or “super-bleargh”. But I’m totally looking forward to this ^^.