Monday, October 27, 2008

A Quartet of Stars Join Alice in Wonderland

Casting news a plenty comes our way for Disney's Tim Burton adaptation of Lewis Caroll's "Alice in Wonderland." The stars that have been added to the cast are nothing to scough at either. Prepare for some of the better casting news you'll read in awhile.

First up, Alan Rickman has been cast as the Caterpillar! This is a absolutely perfect pic for the snobby insect. Rickman has played this type of character perfectly before as Severus Snape in Harry Potter, Metatron in Dogma, the Sheriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood: Prince of Theives and of course Hans Gruber in Die Hard. This isn't Rickman's first hooray with Burton either, he played the villainous judge in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. The illustrious Rickman seems like the best choice for the Caterpillar beyond a shadow of a doubt.

Next up is Michael Sheen, who can be seen next in "Frost/Nixon," will play the Cheshire Cat. Sheen's smile does purrfectly emulate the sneer-like smile of the notorious cat, so Sheen feels like a nice choice for the role. Eleanor Tomlinson in a role that was exclusively created for her, will play Alice's friend Fiona Chataway. Tomlinson played the young Sophie in the 2006 film "The Illusionist."

The last addition to Alice in Wonderland is Christopher Lee. The famed thespian's role has yet to be announced, but whatever it is should be a sight to be seen. Personally, I think Lee would be perfect in the role of the Dodo leading the Caucus-Race. My second choice would be the Mock Turtle. Either role could work quite nicely, but those characters come exclusively from Alice in Wonderland, which we know that Burton is adapting both Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass into one feature much like the original Disney cartoon.

Thoughts on the quadry on actors that have joined Alice? How great will Rickman be as the Caterpillar? Who would you have Christopher Lee play?