by: Sammy Mink
Disney’s “Alice in Wonderland” sequel, THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS, has confirmed its cast, which includes many old faces, as well as a few new ones. Reprising their roles for the sequel are: Anne Hathaway (the White Queen), Matt Lucas (Tweedledee and Tweedledum), Stephen Fry (the Cheshire Cat), Alan Rickman (the Blue Caterpillar), Michael Sheen (the White Rabbit), Timothy Spall (Bayard), Paul Whitehouse (the March Hare), and Barbara Windsor (the Dormouse). They re-join fellow cast members Johnny Depp (the Mad Hatter), Mia Wasikowska (Alice), Helena Bonham Carter (the Red Queen), and newcomers Rhys Ifans (the Mad Hatter’s father) and Sacha Baron Cohen (Time), who have previously been announced. Unfortunately, Tim Burton will not be returning to helm the project, but we’re safe in the capable hands of James Bobin instead. On to the newbies: Toby Jones will voice Wilkins, while Ed Speleers will play James Harcourt.
Jones is no stranger to voice roles, having voiced Dobby in the “Harry Potter” franchise and Silk in “The Adventures of Tintin.” He’s also known for his role as Claudius in “The Hunger Games” and for playing Truman Capote in “Infamous.” Next up, Jones will again appear in the upcoming “Hunger Games” sequels, as well as lending his voice to the animated feature “The Canterville Ghost” along with his new co-star Stephen Fry.
Speleers is best known for one of his most recent roles playing Jimmy on the last season of “Downton Abbey.” He also starred in Fox 2000’s “Eragon” and crime/comedy “Plastic.” He’s currently filming horror feature “Howl” about a group of passengers on a train who band together to survive an attack by a vicious creature.