No one was all that excited to hear that Disney was planning a sequel to Tim Burton’s 2010 re-imagining of “Alice in Wonderland.”
Sure, it was an all right kid’s movie with some pretty cool 3D (Alice’s fall down the rabbit hole was exceptionally cool), but it was also pretty boring and Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter seemed strangely self-indulgent.
We get it, Tim Burton, you really like Johnny Depp. We get it, Johnny Depp, you think you’re a really good character actor (also, are you planning for when your looks fade and you can only play really specific, outrageous characters?).
But with the news of a sequel comes a bit of a silver lining: Sacha Baron Cohen (AKA Borat, Bruno, and the Dictator) is in early talks to join the sequel. No word of what role he would play, but Sacha Baron Cohen could play a talking mushroom and it would still most likely be hilarious.
Baron Cohen has worked in the Tim Burton universe before: he played a smooth-talking, ill-intentioned traveling salesman who was murdered by Johnny Depp in 2007’s “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.” But Burton isn’t returning to direct the “Alice in Wonderland” sequel, as “The Muppets” director James Bobin is taking over.
If Sacha Baron Cohen does, in fact, sign up for the sequel, he’ll join returning cast members Depp and Mia Wasikowska. No word if Helena Bonham Carter will be joining the sequel without her husband directing. Here’s hoping that Anne Hathaway stays far away from this one!
J-Connection: Sacha Baron Cohen is a British Jew.