USA Today has posted some new character pics and concept art from Tim Burton’s upcoming Alice in Wonderland, as well as some important details about the film’s plot that fans of Wonderland should find intriguing.

If you’ve been waiting to see what Johnny Depp looks like as the Mad Hatter; what Matt Lucas (Little Britian USA) looks like as Tweedledee/Tweedledum; or how lovely and/or frightening Anne Hathaway and Helena Boham Carter look as the White and Red Queens, then your wait is at an end: welcome to Wonderland:

Wonderland: Talking Flowers and Giant Mushrooms

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Alice meets twins Tweedledee & Tweedledum

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The Mad Hatter (Depp), Red Queen (Carter) & White Queen (Hathaway)

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Matt Lucas as Tweedledee & Tweedledum

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For bigger versions of the concept art pics, go here. For larger versions of the character pics, go here. UPDATE: For a larger pic of the Tweedle Twins, go here.

Interestingly enough, the USA Today article confirms the many early reports that Burton’s Alice In Wonderland is not just a remake, but rather a sequel of sorts to Lewis Carroll’s tale of Alice’s excellent adventure. In this new version, now seventeen-year old Alice (Mia Wasikowska) receives a marriage proposal which sends her off and running, only to tumble back down the rabbit hole into Wonderland. However, Alice returns with no memory of her previous visit to Wonderland – can she rediscover the courage to aid the Wonderland misfits in their revolt?

According to Ain’t It Cool News, most of the character designs for the other Wonderland misfits are just as unnerving as those you see above. That label, “disturbing,” raises questions as to who the audience for this film will be – but then again, Burton’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory remake was pretty weird and many kids still managed to enjoy it. Will Wonderland share in that success or scare off the family crowd?

Alice In Wonderland is currently in post-production and is scheduled to hit theaters and 3D IMAX on March 5, 2010.

Sources: USA Today via Slash Film & AICN

Update Source: Movies.ie