Friday, October 24, 2008

McFly Finds Wonderland

Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland is currently filming and has been on a steamrole of casting news filling out the portion of the cast that will utilize the 3D motion-capture. Today comes news that Crispin Glover has signed on to play the Knave of Hearts. Glover joins Johnny Depp (Mad Hatter), Matt Lucas (Tweedle Dee & Tweedle Dum), Anne Hathaway (White Queen), Helena Bonham Carter (Red Queen) and Mia Wasikowska (Alice) in the Disney live action/motion capture production of Lewis Carroll's original story.

The Knave of Hearts' character is featured in Carroll original story in Chapter 11, Who Stole the Tarts? He is put on trial for stealing the Queen of Hearts tarts. The King of Hearts is the judge and witnesses include the Mad Hatter and the Duchesses' cook. The entire court proceedings are a waste of time and nothing is accomplished until Alice comes to the aid of the Knave of Hearts and ends up growing "nearly two miles high" according to the Queen.

Crispen Glover is an outstanding choice for this film, which increases my optimism that Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland won't suck. There is not a Crispen Glover role I don't love, guy is a true talent. Glover also has the whole motion capture thing down already considering he played Grendel in last years "Beowulf." Burton's cast is stacking up quite nicely so far, he keeps up this trend we might have ourselves one hell of an all-star cast.

Thoughts on Glover as Knaves of Hearts? What other films have Glover and Depp starred in together? Glover is only 3 years older than Michael J. Fox and plays his father in Back to the Future!