He has now firmly cemented himself as the best character actor of all-time and Johnny Depp isn’t about to step away from that moniker. After the stunning failure of The Lone Ranger, Depp is reportedly going back to Wonderland for the sequel to the Tim Burton adaption of the children’s book.
Per a report from Deadline, Depp is close to inking a deal that will pay him a lot of money to reprise his role as The Mad Hatter in Alice in Wonderland 2.
Depp is in final discussions at Disney for the much anticipated Alice In Wonderlandsequel with James Bobin (of the recent Muppets reboots) subbing for Tim Burton as director. Johnny’s turn as the Mad Hatter in that 3D modern classic, of course, made over $1B worldwide grosses for the studio in 2010.
The move may come as a bit of a surprise since Tim Burton isn’t coming back as director. But as we’ve seen with Depp in the past, if you pay him enough money to reprise a character, he more than likely will.
Speaking of reprising characters, Deadline also reported that Depp’s return to Wonderland will happen only after he’s reprised his role as Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean 5.