Following the disappointment of The Lone Ranger, which continued with a second week of dismal sales at the box office this weekend, Johnny Depp and Disney are looking to quickly get some positive press.
Deadline reports that the 50-year-old actor is in final talks to reprise his role as the Mad Hatter in Disney’s forthcoming sequel to their 2010 success Alice in Wonderland. The Tim Burton-directed adaptation of the classic 1865 novel brought in over $1 billion worldwide for Disney.
Though the sequel will not see Burton behind the camera this time around— James Bobin (The Muppets) is filling that role—it will be written Linda Woolverton, who wrote the script for the first film.
Deadline also points out that Depp recently signed a “multi-year first look deal” with Disney, which will allow him to develop and produce new films with the production powerhouse.
Depp can next be seen in Wally Pfister’s 2014 sci-fi thriller, Transcendence.