The sequel to Disney’s Alice in Wonderland, which will be titled Through the Looking Glass, is in development and it looks like the film may have found its villain in comic actor Sacha Baron Cohen. Variety reports that Cohen is in early negotiations to sign onto the film. Details on the role are unknown, but one would imagine it’s something weird and eccentric enough to rival Johnny Depp’s Mad Hatter.
This would be the second time that Depp and Cohen went head to head as Cohen played something of a villain and rival to Depp’s character in Tim Burton’s Sweeney Todd. However, Alice in Wonderland director Tim Burton will not be returning for the sequel – those duties have been handed over to James Bobin (The Muppets). Funnily enough, Bobin also served as the director for Cohen’s HBO series Da Ali G Show.
Cohen seems like a natural choice to fit into the surreal world of Wonderland, with the acting chameleon having portrayed almost as many caricatures as Depp. After Sweeney Todd, there were even talks of casting Cohen in a Pirates of the Caribbean sequel, so obviously Hollywood really likes it when Edward Scissorhands and Borat get together.
Although the quality of the first film is questionable at best (it received 51% on Rotten Tomatoes), it grossed over $1 billion worldwide so a sequel was inevitable. Mia Wasikowska will reprise the role of Alice, while Depp will return as the Mad Hatter. The screenplay comes courtesy of Linda Woolverton (Maleficent, The Lion King), who also adapted the first film. Through the Looking Glass should shoot sometime next year and has a release date set for May 27th, 2016.