While we are as impatient as the White Rabbit to see the new adaptation of CS Lewis’ Alice Through The Looking Glass, it will also be somewhat bittersweet as proven by the release of the latest teaser trailer.
The unmistakable languid, dulcet tones of the late, great Alan Rickman is going to cause a lot of people to shed more tears I suspect. I know it made that little spot in my heart ache.
With the deep words “you’ve been gone too long Alice,” the new trailer opens….
Over clicks and chimes and flashes of characters old and new, Rickman’s haunting voice of The Blue Caterpillar continues, “There are matters that cannot be neglected. Hurry.”
Rickman passed away on January 14th aged 69 after a battle with cancer.
This is just one of the films to be released posthumously. We will also get to see him perform once more when Eye in the Sky, a thriller about drone warfare is released. It is set to hit cinemas on March 11 in the US and April 8th in the UK.
In Alice Through the Looking Glass, Rickman reprises his voice talents for Absolem. Other returning cast members include Helena Bonham-Carter’s furiously mad Red Queen, Anne Hathaway as her much gentler yet no less strong sister the White Queen, Stephen Fry as the Cheshire Cat, and Michael Sheen as White Rabbit. We also get a glimpse of the new character Time, played by Sacha Baron Cohen in the teaser.
This sequel is directed by James Bobin and picks up the tale three years after we left Alice, played by Mia Wasihowska, taking over the Asian contingent of the British East India Company. She sets of on another adventure to rescue the Mad Hatter (Johnny Depp) from a terrible end by the ticking Chronosphere, the device that powers all of time itself.
Alice Through The Looking Glass opens in cinemas on May 27.