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Johnny Depp as Mad Hatter for “Alice In Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass"

Johnny Depp captivated audiences portraying Mad Hatter in Tim Burton’s 2010 Oscar-winning remake of “Alice In Wonderland,” and now the talented actor is reprising his role for the hotly anticipated sequel. In a press release, Disney Studios confirmed, “’Alice In Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass,’ begins principal photography this week.” See more of Disney’s press release below!

Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter, Johnny Depp and Mia Wasikowska attend the Royal World Premiere of "Alice in Wonderland" on February 25th, 2010 in London, England.
Photo by Claire R Greenway

Dishing on plot details, Disney revealed, “James Bobin (“The Muppets,” “Muppets Most Wanted”) helms the film, which revisits Lewis Carroll’s beloved stories with an all-new new tale that travels back to Underland—and back in Time.” The always entertaining Sacha Baron Cohen has been selected to breathe life into Time on the big screen while Mia Wasikowska returns as Alice Kingsleigh, “who’s on a quest to help the Mad Hatter.”

Anne Hathaway yet again portrays the White Queen – Mirana and Helena Bonham Carter slips back into her evil character the Red Queen – Iracebeth. Matt Lucas willplay the dual role as Tweedledee and Tweedledum again and Rhys Ifans will fill in the role of the Mad Hatter’s father, Zanik Hightopp.

Backed by an award-winning production team, Bobin will direct the latest installment while “Alice in Wonderland” director Tim Burton produces. Linda Woolverton – also attached to the upcoming “Beauty and the Beast” live action remake – created the screenplay. Filming for “Alice In Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass” will kick off at Shepperton Studios in England in preparation for its May 27th, 2016 release.

Disney’s official statement reads:

“Disney’s “Alice In Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass” begins principal photography this week, featuring an award-winning production team and all-star ensemble cast, including Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Mia Wasikowska, Helena Bonham Carter and Sacha Baron Cohen. James Bobin (“The Muppets,” “Muppets Most Wanted”) helms the film, which revisits Lewis Carroll’s beloved stories with an all-new new tale that travels back to Underland—and back in Time. “Alice In Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass” is produced by Joe Roth (“Maleficent,” “Alice in Wonderland”), Jennifer Todd (“Alice In Wonderland,” “Memento”), Suzanne Todd (“Alice In Wonderland,” “Memento”) and Tim Burton (“Alice in Wonderland,” “Frankenweenie”). John G. Scotti (“Muppets Most Wanted,” “The Muppets”) is the executive producer; Linda Woolverton (“Maleficent,” “Alice In Wonderland,” “Beauty and the Beast”) penned the screenplay. Shooting on location and at Shepperton Studios in England, the film is slated for release on May 27, 2016.

The film welcomes back several key members of the “Alice In Wonderland” team, including award-winning composer Danny Elfman (“Fifty Shades of Grey,” “Big Eyes,” Silver Linings Playbook”), three-time Oscar-winning costume designer Colleen Atwood (“Memoirs of a Geisha,” “Chicago”), who won Oscar, BAFTA and Satellite awards, among others, for her work on “Alice In Wonderland,” and five-time Oscar-winning VFX supervisor Ken Ralston (“Forrest Gump,” “Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi”), who won a Satellite Award for best visual effects for “Alice In Wonderland.”

Bobin’s award-winning production team also includes Oscar-winning production designer Dan Hennah (“King Kong,” “The Hobbit” trilogy, “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy, Oscar for “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King”), and Stuart Dryburgh (“The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,” “Bridget Jones’ Diary,” Oscar nomination for “The Piano”) as director of photography. The film welcomes Oscar-winning make-up and hair designer Peter King (“Lord of the Rings: Return of the King,” Oscar nominee for “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”), and Oscar winner Neil Corbould (“Gravity,” “Gladiator”) is special effects supervisor. Andrew Weisblum (“Noah,” Oscar nominee “Black Swan”) is editor.”

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