“A slow sort of country!” said the Queen, “Now, here, you see, it takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place. If you want to get somewhere else, you must run at least twice as fast as that!”
Through the Looking Glass, Lewis Carroll
Yes, after more than $1 billion, six years and a lot of running around, Disney is taking us back to where it all began – Wonderland.
A sequel to Tim Burton’s mimsy but massively successful Alice in Wonderland – we called it “strangely conventional and ponderous” back in 2010 – Alice Through the Looking Glass takes its title from Lewis Carroll’s follow-up story Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There. The book features many of the famous characters and incidents from the Alice stories – the Jaberwocky, Tweedledum/dee etc– but many of these have already been used in the first adaptation.
Then again, the first adaptation turned the nonsense storybook into an epic fantasy with Lord of the Rings style pitched battles. With that in mind, Looking Glass may throw out the book’s chess-board themed plot –every chapter was a move in the game– and go with something more accessible.
What we do know is that Mia Wasikowska is returning as Alice, and will be rejoined by Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter, Anne Hathaway as the White Queen and Helena Bonham Carter as the Red Queen. New faces include Sacha Baron Cohen and Rhys Ifans as the Mad Hatter’s father.
Yes, that’s right, the Mad Hatter’s father.
Curiouser and curiouser.
Alice Through the Looking Glass is released 27th May 2016