Back in 2010, Disney's blockbuster Alice in Wonderland set the box office on fire, taking in a whopping $334 million domestically and over $1 billion worldwide, which helped spawn Disney's successful string of live-action fairy tale adaptations. In the years that followed, Disney released hits such as Maleficent and last year's Cinderella. This year, fans will be heading back to Wonderland with the studio's sequel Alice Through the Looking Glass, arriving in theaters May 27. As we get ready for the theatrical release, Disney has released three clips which shed some light on the story.
The first of these clips, which debuted at Disney Movie Trailers YouTube, reveals Alice's (Mia Wasikowska) triumphant return to Wonderland, where she learns that the Hatter (Johnny Depp) has gone mad, becoming darker than ever. She must call on The White Queen (Anne Hathaway), the Tweedles (Matt Lucas), White Rabbit (Michael Sheen) and the Cheshire Cat (Stephen Fry) to help save the Hatter. The second clip shows the Hatter, White Rabbit and Cheshire Cat poking fun at new character Time (Sacha Baron Cohen), while the third shows Alice being introduced to Time's "seconds," who he claims are "imbeciles."
We learned in a preview released earlier this month that Alice has spent part of her time away from Wonderland in a mental institution. Before that, Alice Kingsleigh had spent the past few years following in her father's footsteps and sailing the high seas. Upon her return to London, she comes across a magical looking glass that allows her to return to the fantastical realm of Underland to visit her friends the White Rabbit, Absolem, the Cheshire Cat and the Mad Hatter (Johnny Depp), who is not himself.
The Hatter has lost his Muchness, so Mirana (Hathaway) sends Alice on a quest to borrow the Chronosphere, a metallic globe inside the chamber of the Grand Clock which powers all time. Returning to the past, she comes across friends - and enemies - at different points in their lives, and embarks on a perilous race to save the Hatter before time runs out. Anne Hathaway and Helena Bonham Carter are also back as the White Queen and the Red Queen. They join the voices of Alan Rickman (Blue Caterpillar), Stephen Fry (Cheshire Cat), Michael Sheen (White Rabbit) and Timothy Spall (Bayard). We are also introduced to several new characters in this exciting sequel, including Zanik Hightopp (Rhys Ifans), the Mad Hatter's father and Time himself (Sacha Baron Cohen), a peculiar creature who is part human, part clock.
James Bobin directs from a script by Linda Woolverton based on characters created by Lewis Carroll and produced by Joe Roth, Suzanne Todd, Jennifer Todd and Tim Burton with John G. Scotti serving as executive producer. Alice 2 will go up against 20th Century Fox's highly-anticipated X-Men: Apocalypse when it hits theaters on May 27, which could spawn one of the more unique box office showdowns this summer, pitting two beloved franchises against each other. Take a look at these new clips to get ready for Alice Through the Looking Glass' theatrical release on May 27.