Tim Burton has cast the title role in the new adaptation of Alice in Wonderland
he's working on for Disney. It is not, as was rumored
a couple weeks ago, Ryan Nikole Parker
, but it's not anyone more well-known, either. The role has gone
to Australian actress Mia Wasikowska
-- and holy crap, I have nothing but respect for anyone who can break into Hollywood and retain a name like Mia Wasikowska. Up until now, her only high-profile credits have been as a regular on HBO's In Treatment
and in the much-hyped but little-seen killer crocodile flick Rogue
. But the 18-year-old has parts in the upcoming Defiance
(Edward Zwick's latest pitch to AMPAS) and the Earhart biopic Amelia
, so she should be recognizable by the time Alice in Wonderland
The film will be a combination of live-action and motion-capture animation, and will be released in digital 3-D -- but what big new movie won't be, these days? It was written by Linda Woolverton
, who worked on The Lion King
, and it starts shooting in November for a 2010 release.
I'm as big a Tim Burton
devotee as you'll find (don't believe me? Find me one other person who will admit to liking the Planet of the Apes
remake), so I'll gladly swoon over a Burton version of the Lewis Carroll classic. In fact, this is such an on-the-nose project for Burton that I'm kind of surprised it took him this long to get to it. But I'll take it.