In 2010, Tim Burton and Disney took us on a weird and wonderful trip, with Alice, into Wonderland. Burton's adaptation of Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland was just as crazy and fun as one could have expected, and now moviegoers are being taken back to Wonderland once more.
Alice Through the Looking Glass sees many of the original cast returning for the sequel, including Mia Wasikowska in the title role. Joining her will be Burton familiars Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter, Helena Bonham Carter as the Red Queen and, new to the franchise, Sacha Baron Cohen, who will play the villain, Time. The late Alan Rickman also reprises his role of the Blue Caterpillar, giving the voice-over to the latest TV spot released which can be viewed, above.
Alice Through the Looking Glass follows Alice as she returns to Wonderland to race against time (literally and figuratively) in order to save the Mad Hatter from a dark fate. With the help of friends, including the White Queen (Anne Hathaway), Alice must battle foes and fight to rescue Depp's zany, eccentric yet really rather lovable character.
Tim Burton returns to produce this sequel but not to direct; that honor falls to James Bobin (The Muppets, Muppets Most Wanted) who has quite the task; to emulate the look and feel of the first movie and yet still place his own stamp on it. The script for Alice Through the Looking Glass is written by Linda Woolverton, who penned Alice in Wonderland, and should hopefully mean this sequel is equally as enticing.
Then again, perhaps the biggest worry here is surrounding the nature of sequels and the fact that it is sometimes all too easy to leave them a little thin in terms of content and substance. Add in the fact that Bobin's Muppets Most Wanted fell prey to exactly those problems and it could well be that Alice Through The Looking Glass will fall short of capturing the magic audiences found in the first movie - which, despite mixed reviews from critics, spurred it on to take over $1 billion at the global box office.
All that said, the trailer and this TV spot (which will most likely air during the Super Bowl) both do a fine job of setting the scene, and though Burton might not be at the helm for this, the footage still has his mark all over it. It's quite a bittersweet moment to hear Rickman's voiceover; welcome, but a startling reminder of his absence at the same time. Lending his voice to the Blue Caterpillar was to be Rickman's last role and hopefully, it will be a magical one to remember him by.
Alice Through the Looking Glass opens in U.S. theaters on May 27th, 2016.
Source: Walt Disney Pictures