Tuesday, July 7, 2009

This Ain't Your Mother's Alice in Wonderland

When I heard that Tim Burton's latest project was tackling the classic children's book Alice in Wonderland, my first thought was F*ck Yea! Only the mind of Tim Burton could capture and do justice to the inherent dark and quirky of this book. Then they announced the cast: Johnny Depp (The Mad Hatter), Helena Bonham Carter (The Red Queen), Anne Hathaway (The White Queen), Michael Sheen (White Rabbit), Alan Rickman (Caterpillar), Stephen Fry (Cheshire Cat), Crispin Glover (The Knave of Hearts), Noah Taylor (The March Hare). I could go on and on. Amazing casting Even the virtually unknown Mia Wasikowska cast in the lead role of Alice. Not only did she star as Sophie in Season One of HBO's In Treatment; in 2008 she received the Heath Ledger scholarship from the Australian's in Film Association. She was actually born in the same city I was - Australia's capital - Canberra.

A combination of live-action and performance technology in his adaptation, few secrets have been revealed from the set of this much anticipated film. A number of impressive photos have been released and I have to say that this film looks amazing. This is a world of Yes. See the detail in that first image below? The faces in the flowers. Amazingness.

Tim Burton's reimagining and updating of Alice In Wonderland is slated to open in March 2010. The synopsis is a little different from the Alice story I recall: "Alice, 17, attends a party at a Victorian estate only to find she is about to be proposed to in front of hundreds of snooty society types. Off she runs, following a white rabbit into a hole and ending up in Wonderland, a place she visited 10 years before yet doesn't remember." So excited. Squeee!

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