Tim Burton to cast Johnny Depp as Hatter in Wonderland?

Wonderland and Wonkaland may have some denizens in common (ahem, Johnny Depp), if Tim Burton has anything to say about it. And as director of a new 3-D version of Alice in Wonderland, he actually has a lot to say about it.

Burton’s new project will be a 3-D presentation of the Lewis Carroll novel using a combination live action and CGI. According to Marie Claire, the film may feature his friend Johnny Depp in the role of the Mad Hatter. Depp played Willy Wonka in Burton’s 2005 children’s novel remake, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

The role of Alice has gone to 18-year-old Australian actress Mia Wasikowska. Relatively unknown in America, Wasikowska will soon appear opposite Daniel Craig in Edward Zwick's Defiance, and with Hilary Swank and Richard Gere in Mira Nair's Amelia, about Amelia Earhart.

Alice in Wonderland is the first in a two-project deal Burton inked with Disney. The movie is set for 2010 release, with the second project not yet dreamed up...or at least not yet revealed.

Burton certainly has a flair for trippy fantasy movies like Wonderland. "It's such a classic and the imagery is so surreal," he told The Guardian last year. "The stories are like drugs for children. It's like, 'Whoa, man'. So I think it's an interesting challenge."

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