6 years ago, Disney partnered with Tim Burton to do a revamp of Lewis Caroll beloved novel, ‘Alice in Wonderland’. With the typical Burton brand of weirdness and wonder, the 2010 remake of the timeless classic brought moviegoers back into the land of wonder to join Alice in her quest to put an end on the Red Queen’s reign of terror. This year, the gates of the enchanted kingdom will be opened once again with Disney’s sequel, “Alice Through the Looking Glass”.
This revisiting will see all the familiar characters from the original movie including Mia Wasikowska in the lead role of Alice, together with the rest of Burton’s adaptations: The Mad Hatter (played of course by Johnny Depp), the Red Queen (Helena Bonham Carter), and a new villainous character, Time, played by Sacha Baron Cohen. The late Alan Rickman is also honored in this sequel, reprising his role as the voice behind the Blue Caterpillar.
‘Alice Through the Looking Glass’ sees Alice going back to Wonderland in an attempt to save the Mad Hatter from the clutches of Time, and preventing the former to realize his dark fate. With the help of the White Queen (Anne Hathaway), Alice and her friends must pit against foes and traverse perilous challenges to bring back the eccentric Mad Hatter.
Though the sequel carries with it the Burton brand of dark and whimsical story-telling by being the movie’s producer, he delegated the honor of directing it to James Bobin, the same director who brought us ‘The Muppets’, and ‘Muppets Most Wanted’. It is quite a task for Bobin actually, with the expectation of staying true to what Burton brought forth with the first Alice movie in 2010. The same enticing twists and turns similar to that to the first movie may also be expected from the script of Alice Through the Looking Glass, thanks to the excellent writing of Linda Woolverton who happened to be the same script writer that penned the first movie.
The movie’s trailer and TV spot is all set to air during the Super Bowl on February 8. Though Burton may not be completely hands on to this, the trailer does a fine job of setting the scene and enticing viewers again to join Alice as she travels back to Wonderland. It maybe a bitter sweet moment to hear the voice of Alan Rickman once again, but his last role as the Blue Caterpillar will somehow help us remember the magic that he contributed to the film. Watch the TV spot below.