Thursday, October 8, 2009

Down the Rabbit Hole...

In case you haven't heard (unlikely), Johnny Depp and Tim Burton are teaming up again to make their version of Alice in Wonderland (note that it's not going to be the same story as the cartoon version you probably saw as a kid -- the movie is actually a combination of the Lewis Carroll novels, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass). The movie doesn't come out for a while (set for March 5, 2010), but many are excited over the reunion. The two have come along way since they first teamed up almost 20 years ago in Edward Scissorhands (they would later reunite in Ed Wood in 1994). But while those two will get most of the hype, this blogger is much more excited to see the movie because of the rest of the cast. It's so deep and so talented (with an especially strong presence of British actors) that I'll not bother trying to mention them all. Do yourself a favor and check out the cast list on IMDb.

Here are a some highlights:

- Anne Hathaway (who, even with her Oscar nomination, is an underrated actress in this blogger's opinion) as The White Queen
- Michael Sheen (Frost from Frost/Nixon) as The White Rabbit
- Alan Rickman (Snape from the Harry Potter movies, but I liked him most as Metatron inDogma) as The Caterpillar
- Christopher Lee (Saruman from The Lord of the Rings and Count Dooku from Star Wars) as The Jabberwock
- Stephen Fry (who was terrific as Deitrich in V for Vendetta) as The Cheshire Cat
- Noah Taylor (Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, but I remember him best as Edmund Ventura a.k.a. "Tech Support" in Vanilla Sky) as The March Hare

It'll be interesting to see who (if anyone) steals the show.

Here's the trailer:

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