Disney is set to take us back through the rabbit-hole as the studio has confirmed that they’re moving ahead with Alice in Wonderland 2. According toThe Hollywood Reporter, both Mia Wasikowska and Johnny Depp are back to reprise their roles of Alice and the Mad Hatter respectively, but Tim Burton will not be coming back to helm the sequel. Instead directing duties will be taken on by Muppets Most Wanted and Flight of the Concords director James Bobin.
It’s no surprise that Disney has green-lit a sequel. Alice in Wonderland was a box office sensation when it was released back in 2010. Despite being met bydecidedly mixed reviews, the movie raked in an astonishing $1.02 billion worldwide. A lot of this had to do with putting Depp front and center of the marketing campaign and the extra revenue raised from the moving playing almost exclusively in 3D, but clearly Disney believes there’s enough magic in the tank – even without Tim Burton – for a sequel to do good business.
There’s no word on whether Anne Hathaway or Helena Bonham Carter will also be returning, but with Alice in Wonderland 2 slated to arrive May 27, 2016, we should be getting more casting updates soon.