Yesterday it was del Toro, today it's Tim Burton; directors with beautifully original visions taking classic books, and updating their film version. For del Toro, it's The Hobbit which will have to have to struggle to be worse than the cartoon version. For Burton, it's an update of Alice in Wonderland; his version "will use a combination of live action and performance-capture technology" to tell the story famously brought to the screen in the Disney classic (one of my favorite Disney films). And, like Toro, news has recently come out that proves that this movie will kick even more ass than previously imagined. Two of the greatest actresses working today, Anne Hathaway & Helena Bonham Carter have signed on:
"Hathaway is playing the White Queen, a benevolent monarch who is deposed and banished by her sister, the Red Queen (Carter), who has an affinity for crying out, "Off with their heads!" The White Queen needs Alice to slay a creature known as the Bandersnatch."
I think Carter is perfect for the Red Queen. I can completely imagine her shrieking the classic line with such evil it may even give me nightmares. And Hathaway has apparently proven her brilliance recently (damn you Rachel Getting Married for not playing in Chicago), so it will be exciting to see her in what should be a brilliantly fantastic film. Plus, Burton has experience updating classic kids movies. While Charlie and the Chocolate Factory may not have touched the original (few kids movies can), it was still fantastic. Also, this news comes after we learned that Depp will be playing the Mad Hatter. Hopefully this won't hurt the chances of Depp playing The Riddler in Batman 3, which I know is just a rumor, but it's one I'm hoping for.
Audience Commentary: I thought Hathaway did fantastic on SNL; your thoughts on her hosting gig?