A few months back we heard rumblings that Johnny Depp was in talks to return for the sequel to Tim Burton’s retelling of the Alice in Wonderland story. Today, we got official confirmation from Disney, via The Hollywood Reporter, that Depp and co-star Mia Wasikowska will indeed be back for the sequel Alice in Wonderland 2.
Now, Tim Burton will not be back for the picture and has already been replaced by someone else. The Muppets Most Wanted director James Bobin has signed on replace Burton and the fact that he’s gotten Burton staple Johnny Depp to return is a big step towards making the sequel a blockbuster hit.
Of course there’s no promise that the film will be a hit as Depp’s last outing with Disney was the epic disappointment The Lone Ranger. But unlike that film, Alice in Wonderland 2 will be the return of an established and already accepted character from Depp, one that helped carry the first film alongside Wasikowska’s Alice.
The film is seeing set for a 2016 release date, meaning it will miss out on the summer fun awaiting us all in 2015 but the movie is definitely moving forward with it’s two stars returning, news that fans of the first film will be thrilled to hear.