USA Today has published some gorgeous new images from Tim Burton’s new Alice in Wonderland project, underway at Disney.
Available for your hi-def perusal is concept art showing Johnny Depp as a wall-eyed Mad Hatter; Helena Bonham Carter and Anne Hathaway as the Red and White Queens; and glimpses of The White Rabbit, Tweedledum and Tweedledee, and Alice herself.
That character list should give you a clue that this is not quite a straight adaptation. While the Hatter and the Rabbit are from Lewis Carrol’s barking 1865 original story, The Tweedles and the Queens are all from 1871 sequel Through the Looking Glass (the Queen in the first book is the playing card Queen of Hearts, not the chess piece Red Queen, although reports that Bonham Carter’s version is fond of crying “off with their heads” and has a moat full of bobbing skulls, suggests an amalgamation of the two).
The tweaked story takes pace ten years after Alice’s first visit to Wonderland, of which she has no recollection. Fleeing from a society party, she stumbles back down the rabbit hole and is co-opted by the creatures into a revolt against the crimson monarch.
Forty days of shooting was actually completed last December, with the intervening time devoted to animation, FX, and 3D-isation. Alice is played by Australian newbie Mia Wasikowska. Also on hand – in some form or other – are Christopher Lee as the Jabberwock and Alan Rickman as the Caterpillar, Stephen Fry as The Cheshire Cat, and Crispin Glover as The Knave of Hearts.
The release date for Alice In Wonderland is currently next March.