September 24, 2008 / 11:39 PM / 10 years ago

Johnny Depp dons another hat for Tim Burton

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Johnny Depp will preside over the manic tea party in Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland” as the Mad Hatter.

Tim Burton (L) and Johnny Depp pose for photographers at the premiere of the film "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street" in Paris January 16, 2008. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

Depp and Burton — who first worked together in 1990’s “Edward Scissorhands” and most recently collaborated on “Sweeney Todd” — have formed one of the longest-running director-actor partnerships in modern Hollywood. When Burton committed to filming a new live-action/CG-animated version of “Alice,” Depp was touted as the most likely candidate to play the Mad Hatter — after all, having worked with Burton on “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” he’s practiced in wearing a top hat.

Disney formally announced the casting Wednesday at a studio presentation.

Mia Wasikowska, the young Australian actress who scored in HBO’s “In Treatment,” has the film’s title role.

Matt Lucas, who stars in the sketch comedy series “Little Britain USA,” which debuts on HBO Sunday, is set to play the dual roles of Tweedledum and Tweedledee.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

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