has just posted what appears to be the first image of Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter in Alice in Wonderland. Click below to enlarge this brand new image.

Johnny Depp as The Mad Hatter

Based on the Lewis Carroll classic Alice in Wonderland, which will combine performance-capture imagery, currently seen in Beowulf, with live-action footage.

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Alice in Wonderland stars Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter, Michael Sheen, Mia Wasikowska, Matt Lucas and is directed by Tim Burton. The film is set for release on March 5, 2010.