alice in wonderland 2 mad hatter
Though there's not much in the way of plot details, we now know of at least one new character that's set to feature prominently in "Alice in Wonderland 2": The Mad Hatter's father.

TheWrap reports that Mark Rylance, an acclaimed British theater actor, is in talks to take the part. The character's name is Zanik Hightopp, the father of Johnny Depp's Mad Hatter, and like his zany son, Hightopp "cannot hide his bright-colored hair beneath a top hat," according to TheWrap.

Rylance joins the returning Depp, as well as Helena Bonham Carter (the Red Queen) and Mia Wasikowska (Alice). Sacha Baron Cohen is set to play a villain named Time in the film.

In addition to a host of appearances in Shakespeare stage productions, Rylance is known for his selective film work, including parts in "The Other Boleyn Girl" and "Anonymous" and a role in the upcoming Sean Penn-starring "The Gunman."

"Alice in Wonderland 2" -- currently working with the title "Through the Looking Glass" -- is directed by James Bobin ("The Muppets"). It's set for release on May 27, 2016.
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