Casting is now mostly complete for Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland. And, once again, Tim Burton has cast his favorite actor, Johnny Depp, as the mad hatter in Alice in Wonderland. Johnny Depp has previously starred in seven films with Tim Burton, including Edward Scissorhands, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and Sweeney Todd: The Demon of Fleet Street, his 2007 film, which won the Oscar for the Best Motion Picture and the Best Actor for Johnny Depp.
Tim Burton, who is still basking in the success of The Black Knight, has also directed Batman and Batman Returns.
Apart from Johnny Depp, Australian actress Mia Wasikowska, who appeared in HBO’s “In Treatment,” will play Alice.
The roles of Tweedledum and Tweedledee will be essayed by Matt Lucas, who stars in the sketch comedy series “Little Britain USA,” which debuts on HBO Sunday, is set to play the dual roles of Tweedledum and Tweedledee.
Earlier there were rumors that Tim Burton was planning to cast Ryan Nicole Parker in the title role of Alice in Wonderland.
Alice in Wonderland will be a mix of a live-action and performance-capture CGI in 3-D.
The script of Alice in Wonderland has been written by Linda Woolverton, the writer of The Lion King, Homeward Bound, and Beauty and the Beast.
Alice in Wonderland is expected to be released in March 2010.
Johnny Depp will also star in The Lone Ranger and Pirates of Carribean 4, Disney has announced. The Lone Ranger, to be produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, will be penned by the Pirates of the Caribbean writer Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio. No director has come on board yet for The Lone Ranger.
Johnny Depp will play Tonto in The Lone Ranger, a native american colleague of the cowboy Lone Ranger. The Long Ranger will be released in 2012.
Tim Burton will also direct another 3-D film for Walt Disney Studios, Frankenweenie, a large scale version of the short film Frankenweenie, that he had directed in 1984.
Frankenweenie is the story of a young boy, Victor, whose pet dog Sparky dies in a hit-and-run. Victor brings him back to life but has a tough time convincing his parents and neighbours that Sparky is a good, loyal dog despite looking like a monster.
It is interesting how Tim Burton seems to be fascinated by the trauma of those society deems as freaks rejected by society, Edward Scissorhands being another such movie with a similar theme. Frankenweenie is in pre-production and will be released in December 2009.