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ALICE IN WONDERLAND

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ALICE (Mia Wasikowska) is a 19-year-old woman contemplating her future. An independent soul, she feels trapped in the narrow-minded views of women in aristocratic Victorian London. Alice Kingsleigh is uncertain how to balance her dreams with other people's expectations. Her true destiny lies in Underland, a place she first visited as a child (and called Wonderland)—though she has no memory of it or its inhabitants. So down the rabbit hole she falls, revisiting Underland and reuniting with her childhood friends, including Absolem the caterpillar, the Cheshire Cat, Tweedledee and Tweedledum, and of course, the Mad Hatter. She thinks it's all a dream as she shrinks and grows, grows and shrinks. But when she encounters some of the not-so-friendly residents of Underland and is asked to defend the fantastical land, she's not sure if she's up to the challenge.

THE MAD HATTER (Johnny Depp) doesn't just wear his heart on his sleeve—his everchanging moods are quite literally reflected in his face and his attire. He's been anxiously awaiting Alice's return and is, arguably, her one true friend, believing in her when nobody else does. He is fearless, going to great lengths to protect her at his own risk. Once the proud hat maker for the White Queen, the Hatter has been affected by mercury poisoning, an unfortunate side effect of the hat-making process, and isn't altogether well. "I always saw the Hatter as kind of tragic,” says Depp. "He's a victim in a lot of ways. The mercury has certainly taken its toll, but there's a tragic element to his past in this particular version that weighs pretty heavily on the character.”

IRACEBETH, THE RED QUEEN (Helena Bonham Carter), is the tyrannical monarch of Underland, an amalgam of the Queen of Hearts from "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland” and the Red Queen from "Through the Looking-Glass.” With her oversized head, fiery temper and propensity to scream for people's heads to be chopped off, she rules her subjects through fear. "She's got emotional problems,” says Bonham Carter. "It takes nothing, practically, for her to lose her temper. Her tantrums are that of a two-year-old.” Her younger sibling, the White Queen, has designs on the throne and crown that Iracebeth once stole from her.

MIRANA, THE WHITE QUEEN (Anne Hathaway), is the younger sister of the Red Queen, and while she appears to be all sweetness and light, beneath the surface there's a hint of darkness to her character. "She comes from the same gene pool as the Red Queen,” says Hathaway. "She really likes the dark side, but she's so scared of going too far into it that she's made everything appear very light and happy. But she's living in that place out of fear that she won't be able to control herself.” When Alice returns to Underland, the White Queen takes her under her wing, offering her protection, although her motives aren't completely altruistic.

ILOSOVIC STAYNE, THE KNAVE OF HEARTS (Crispin Glover), is the head of the Red Queen's Army. Seven feet, six inches tall, with a scarred face and a heart-shaped patch covering his left eye, Stayne is an arrogant, tricky character who follows the Red Queen's every order. He's the only one capable of pacifying her and calming her dramatic mood swings. "I am the martial element for the Red Queen,” says Glover. "The Red Queen has a fair amount of short-tempered reactions to things that people do, and so my character has to be quite diplomatic.” His darker side emerges in the shadows of the castle hallways.

TWEEDLEDEE and TWEEDLEDUM (Matt Lucas) are rotund twin brothers who constantly disagree with each other and whose confusing chatter makes little sense to anyone but them. When Alice arrives in Underland, she looks to the Tweedles for guidance. Innocent and infantile, adorable and sweet, they mean well but are of little real help since they speak in w

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