Six years ago, Disney’s re-imagining of “Alice in Wonderland” from director Tim Burton earned a trio of Oscar nominations and won two: Best Costume Design and Best Art Direction. (It lost its third bid, Best Visual Effects, to “Inception.”) Will the highly anticipated sequel “Alice Through the Looking Glass,” due out May 27, be equally embraced by the film academy? Vote in our poll below.
Burton is back as a producer, while James Bobin directs the new film based on Linda Woolverton‘s screenplay and Lewis Carroll‘s original novel. Bobin, an 11-time Emmy nominee for “Flight of the Conchords” and “Da Ali G Show,” is perhaps best known for bringing Jim Henson‘s iconic Muppets back to the silver screen with “The Muppets” (2011) and “Muppets Most Wanted” (2014), so it makes sense that he’s now tasked with re-introducing the world to Alice Kingsleigh.
In the film, Alice (Mia Wasikowska) returns to the magical realm of Wonderland when Absolem (the late Alan Rickman in his final performance) and the others inform her that the Mad Hatter (Johnny Depp) is depressed and needs her help. Alice’s journey takes her through time and space as she interacts with the White Queen (Anne Hathaway), Red Queen (Helena Bonham Carter) and even Time itself (Sacha Baron Cohen).
Just like the 2010 film, “Alice Through the Looking Glass” is sure to be a major Oscar contender in the craft categories for Costumes (Colleen Atwood is a three-time champ), Art Direction (Robert Stromberg won two while Karen O’Hara has one) and Visual Effects thanks to the beautiful world created by Bobin and his team.