Mark Rylance is the latest actor to join the upcoming sequel to Disney’s Alice in Wonderland.
The 2010 film, directed by Tim Burton, has already confirmed a return in the sequel for Mia Wasikowska as Alice, Johnny Depp as The Mad Hatter and Helena Bonham Carter as The Red Queen.
Rylance is joining the sequel as the father of The Mad Hatter, despite being only three years older than Johnny Depp.
Mark Rylance is mostly known as a theatre actor, having been Artistic Director of Shakespeare’s Globe from 1995 until 2005. However, he has also completed film work, including playing Thomas Boleyn in 2008s The Other Boleyn Girl.
The current working title, Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass will not see a return for director Tim Burton. Instead, James Bobin, director of The Muppets, will take over directing duties.
Linda Woolverton, who penned the screenplay for the first film, and has recently written Maleficent, will also write the screenplay for the sequel.
As the first film was a mixture of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1865) and the sequel Through the Looking-Glass (1871), we are unsure of what Disney will offer us with the sequel.
As the father of The Mad Hatter is not mentioned in either book, we can presume this screenplay will be an extension of the two books.
The first film, which earned over $1 billion in ticket sales at the box office, will go into production this summer.
Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass is set to be released on 27th May 2016.
Update 19/07/14: It has been announced that Rhys Ifans has now been cast in Alice Through The Looking Glass as the Mad Hatters father, Zanik Hightopp.
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