People often forget that the Alice in Wonderland story most of us know is actually a hodgepodge of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There. While there are more tales to tell, Disney has never entered Wonderland through the looking-glass — until now. The sequel to Tim Burton’s smash Alice in Wonderland, entitled Alice Through the Looking Glass, is due out in theaters on May 27th, 2016. Today, the first trailer has debuted.
Though Burton has been replaced in the director’s chair by James Bobin (The Muppets, Flight of the Conchords), the screenplay for the new film once again comes from Linda Woolverton. Most of the actors have also returned to reprise their exaggerated characters from the first movie, including Johnny Depp (Mad Hatter), Mia Wasikowska (Alice), Helena Bonham Carter (Red Queen), Anne Hathaway (White Queen), Alan Rickman (Blue Caterpillar), Stephen Fry (Cheshire Cat), and Michael Sheen (White Rabbit).
The plot doesn’t appear to be pulled directly from any of Carroll’s novels, though the themes are certainly similar. In particular, Time plays a crucial role in the film, not only as a concept but as a personified character played by Sacha Baron Cohen. Rhys Ifans also joins the cast as Mad Hatter’s father. The latter doesn’t appear in the new trailer, but get your first threatening look at the former by watching the preview below.
Here’s an unofficial synopsis for the movie:
Alice returns to Underland and discovers that things are going very wrong. The Mad Hatter is “growing darker” and in order to prevent the loss of her friend, she turns to Time himself. Despite his warnings about not being able to win a race against time, and not being able to change the past, Alice winds up going on a time travel adventure. During this special trip, she encounters the younger versions of the “characters that we know and love” in this epic adventure.