Posted on Tuesday, October 7th, 2008 by Peter Sciretta
Anne Hathaway and Helena Bonham Carter have joined the cast of Tim Burton‘s 3D hybrid adaptation Alice in Wonderland. Carter is no surprise, as I believe she was already spotted on the UK set. Plus lets not forget that Helena is engaged to the director, and has been given roles, errr, I mean cast in everyone of Burton’s films since Planet of the Apes.
But the bigger surprise is Hathaway, who has been cast as the White Queen, an ally to Alice who has been banished by her sister, the Red Queen (played by… you guessed it, Helena Bonham Carter). You might remember the Red Queen from previous adaptations for the use of the catchphrase “Off with their heads!” No word on if the actresses will be featured as live-action or performance-captured/computer generated characters.
THR claims that in Burton’s adaptation, the White Queen needs Alice to slay the Bandersnatch, a fictional creature mentioned in Lewis Carroll’s poems Jabberwocky and The Hunting of the Snark. The form and size of the creature is never revealed, although in Through the Looking-Glass, the White King snickers that Alice “runs so fearfully quick” that she “might as well try to catch a Bandersnatch!”