A First Look Through the Looking Glass: Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland

July 25, 2009 | 1 book mentioned 2

Alice in WonderlandTim Burton and Disney have released the first images of Burton’s forthcoming (March 2010) take on Lewis Carroll’s 19th century children’s classic Alice in Wonderland – and they’re spectacular. Johnny Depp will play the Mad Hatter, Helena Bonham Carter (also Burton’s wife) will play the Red Queen, Anne Hathaway will play the White Queen, and the lovely Mia Wasikowska (Gabriel Byrne’s young gymnast patient in HBO’s In Treatment) will play Alice.

Other casting choices to look forward to: Stephen Fry will play the Cheshire Cat, Timothy Spall (Wormtail in the Harry Potter franchise) will play a bloodhound, the eternally strange Crispin Glover will play The Knave of Hearts, and Alan Rickman (best-known as Snape from the Harry Potter franchise) will play the Caterpillar. The above image is from Wired.com where there are more photos of sets and characters. There are also images from the film in this month’s Vanity Fair.

is a staff writer for The Millions living in Virginia. She is a winner of the Virginia Quarterly's Young Reviewers Contest and has a doctorate from Stanford. Her writing has appeared in The Washington Times, In Character, VQR, Arts & Letters Daily, and The Daily Dish.


  1. Did ever a book reflect its readers more than Alice? Burton's movie will be all about Burton. Not that this is a bad thing

  2. I am frightened by this photo; many have pointed out how much Johnny Depp looks like Elijah Wood here. I think I have officially forsaken Tim Burton (I've been moving in that direction since Charlie and the Chocolate Factory).

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