Alan Rickman is adding his name to the growing list of actors who will be travelling to director Tim Burton’s undoubtedly twisted new interpretation of Lewis Carroll’s classic Alice In Wonderland. According to an unconfirmed report at MarketSaw, Rickman will be joining the cast as the Caterpillar in Burton’s part-live action, part-motion capture computer animation fantasy.
Rickman will be joining the recently announced Christopher Lee in an unnamed role, Eleanor Tomlinson and Little Britain’s Matt Lucas as twins Tweedledee and Tweedledum. Composer and longtime Burton collaborator Danny Elfman has announced that he will contributing the music to the film.
Ever since he made his film debut sneering his way through the original Die Hard (1988), Rickman has been an actor whose performances I look forward to seeing. He still remains the gold standard by which all other villains in the Die Hard series fall short of meeting and he is the one good thing in the otherwise deplorable Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves (“You. My room. 10:30 tonight. You. 10:45… And bring a friend.”) Even when he is playing against type in films such as The January Man (1989), he manages to be a screen presence that demands attention. His addition makes another strong argument that Burton’s film is going to be a must-see.