Monday, July 28, 2008 at 4:26PM
It sounds too good to be true, at least at this moment in time. Multiple reports say Johnny Depp will play The Mad Hatter in Tim Burton's upcoming Alice in Wonderland. That is, naturally, perfect casting, and Burton and Depp have a tremendous history together. But doesn't it almost sound, I dunno, too perfect? We learned late last week that Australian actress Mia Wasikowska will play Alice, and at the time I said it was smart to cast a relative unknown for the title role and leave the showy characters in the story to the showy actors. Very few thespians chew more scenery than Depp, especially when Burton is pulling the strings. I mean that in the most complimentary way, for the record. And I have absolutely no problem with the casting, but I guess because it feels like a knee-jerk reaction to pair them together, especially with this role, I don't want to believe it 100%. Near as I can tell, this unconfirmed casting comes to us from British tabloid The Sun. You'll find it on their webpage next to upskirt shots of Katie Price and the latest nightclub rumors about Bob Geldof's daughter, whom they all call "The Boomtown Brat," a reference to her dad's old band. According to "a source," Burton "held out on doing Alice until he got a big enough budget. Now this film is financed by Disney so money won’t be a problem.” Of course, it doesn't take much of a source to inform you that Disney has lots of money, so it's hard to really gauge the veracity of this story, even though Depp is a perfect candidate. There were a few rumors about casting Alice, as well, and then Burton took that role in a completely different direction. So while this news makes sense, I wouldn't be surprised to learn it's just wishful thinking and Burton ultimately casts the late Paul Lynde or something. Incidentally, Paul Lynde would be restaurant quality in that role, too.