Friday, June 26, 2009

Tim Burton puts the cherry on my Sunday

As if I didn't already love Tim Burton enough... and as if I didn't already love Johnny Depp enough... and as if I didn't already love Carroll's Alice and Wonderland story enough... they're ALL COMBINING TO BRING ME..... Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland around March of 2010. Depp will be playing the Mad Hatter, while the Red Queen will be portrayed by Burton's long-time girlfriend Helena Bonham Carter. Martin Sheen (Frost Nixon/Underworld) will play the Chesire cat, Anne Hathaway will play the White Queen, and newcomer Mia Wasikowska will play Alice. From what I hear, the plot will go something as follows... Alice is now about the age of 16 and has completely forgotten about her earlier trip to Wonderland at the age of 10 or whatever... she is about to be proposed to and finds herself in desperate need of an escape. She finds herself once again staring down a rabbit hole and plunges deep, back into a Wonderland with some old, familiar (and somewhat haunting) faces.

Man I love Burton. Especially when it's Burton and Depp, because Johnny seems to be the only actor who can match Tim's visual imagination and group it with some fantastical performances. Other things the duo have worked on together are Edward Scissorhands, Ed Wood, the Corpse Bride, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Sleep Hollow, Charlie and the Chocolate Factor. And of course, my favorite movie of all time, the Nightmare Before Christmas, has the golden stamp of Burton, too.

Below are some images released for the upcoming film, which according to Depp in a recent press conference in California is going to be something really special. Several times he declared shock that he wasn't fired for his extreme character choices in portraying the Mad Hatter. As you can see, the look that Depp helped invent is a bit insane... which is appropriate given the undercurrent of the story. Expect another quirky performance, such as his portrayal of Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean or Willy Wonka in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

The photos are property of Disney Enterprise, Inc.

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