HOLLYWOOD, CA – It’s through the looking glass again for Johnny Depp and Mia Wasikowska, who are now officially set for “Alice in Wonderland 2.”
Disney made the announcement on Friday following months of speculation. Depp and Wasikowska will reprise their roles as the Mad Hatter and Alice, respectively, in the sequel that was once tentatively titled “Into the Looking Glass.” (Lewis Carroll’s 1865 novel “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” received an 1871 sequel called “Through the Looking-Glass,” both of which were used as inspiration for the 2010 movie directed by Tim Burton.)
Burton won’t return to the director’s seat for the sequel, however, instead being replaced by James Bobin, who co-created “Flight of the Conchords” and directed 2011′s “The Muppets.” The script should feel familiar to fans of original, as “Wonderland” scribe Linda Woolverton (“Beauty and the Beast,” “The Lion King”) will pen the sequel as well. No plot details have been revealed.
Disney set a Memorial Day 2016 release for “Alice 2,” making it the first movie to nab a spot during that coveted weekend. The only film already set for May 2016 is an untitled Disney/Marvel release.
The 2010 original, co-starring Helena Bonham Carter and Anne Hathaway, became a box office behemoth, despite mixed reviews. It marked the sixth movie to earn more than $1 billion worldwide.
Disney’s live-action adaptation of “The Jungle Book” also received a release date on Friday. The Jon Favreau-directed project will bow on Oct. 9, 2015.