Monday, October 27, 2008
Lee, Rickman Enter "Wonderland" Set
Christopher Lee has been officially signed on to be in Alice in Wonderland. However, we do not know which role he will play yet.
But we do know who will play the hookah-smoking Caterpillar: Alan Rickman. The British actor worked with Tim Burton in Sweeney Todd, and now seems to have joined the Burton corral of regulars.
Filming has also begun in Culver City, California. Zack Roth (son of Joe Roth, who is producing the film) spoke of the soundstage: "The set itself was insane - the whole soundstage was draped in green-screen material, and there were dozens of motion capture cameras hanging overhead - it seemed like half the crew was there just to figure out how to make all the technologies work together."
Roth also mentioned screenwriter Linda Woolverton's adaptation of the original book and Johnny Depp's appearance:
"Luckily Johnny Depp was working that day, and I got to see him in character. He looked startlingly crazy - Burton’s take on the Mad Hatter was pretty wild. Linda Woolverton adapted the screenplay and I am told added some socio-political context to the film’s narrative."
Roth also reported that Michael Sheen will be playing the grinning Chesire Cat.