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Rhys Ifans will play the Mad Hatter's father in Alice in Wonderland 2

05.30.2014

The Wrap is reporting Rhys Ifans has joined James Bobin's (THE MUPPETS) ALICE IN WONDERLAND sequel, and the actor will play the Mad Hatter's father, Zanik Hightopp. Mark Rylance (ANONYMOUS, BLITZ) was previously in talks to play the character, but Rhys Ifans will play the Hatter Dad in ALICE IN WONDERLAND 2.

Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter and Mia Wasikowska will reprise their roles from the first film, and the sequel will also star Sacha Baron Cohen as the villain Time. There aren't too many details on Rhys Ifans' Zanik Hightopp, but apparently the character has bright-colored hair, and he is unable to hide it beneath a top hat. It's also not clear if the film is still being called THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS.

Although Johnny Depp is actually four years older than Rhys Ifans, their ages aren't going to be a problem since both will be covered in makeup for the new movie.

No word on how big Rhys Ifans' role will be in ALICE IN WONDERLAND 2, but it does look like we will be learning more about the Mad Hatter's history in the sequel. Johnny Depp's Hatter had a much bigger role in the Tim Burton film than he did in Lewis Carroll's novels, and it appears that will continue in ALICE IN WONDERLAND 2. Rhys Ifans is a great actor, and I hope James Bobin and company give him solid material to work with, and not just have him acting silly alongside Johnny Depp.

ALICE IN WONDERLAND 2 is scheduled to open on May 27, 2016.

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Source: The Wrap

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12:12PM on 05/30/2014

Waste of a perfectly good Rhys Ifans

Casting an actor as massive as Johnny Depp as The Mad Hatter was only the beginning of ALICE IN WONDERLAND's problems, and it looks like this casting will only make things worse. I'm not looking forward to this.
Casting an actor as massive as Johnny Depp as The Mad Hatter was only the beginning of ALICE IN WONDERLAND's problems, and it looks like this casting will only make things worse. I'm not looking forward to this.
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11:24AM on 05/30/2014
Rhys Ifans as The Mad Hatter's Father reminds of Chris Hemsworth as Martin Riggs' son.
Rhys Ifans as The Mad Hatter's Father reminds of Chris Hemsworth as Martin Riggs' son.
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10:28AM on 05/30/2014
What a waste of everyone's time
What a waste of everyone's time
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9:46AM on 05/30/2014
The mad hatters father? Are they just making shit up for the fun of it
The mad hatters father? Are they just making shit up for the fun of it
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9:13AM on 05/30/2014

This movie will be complete shit!

I'm sure this movie will make a fortune, however I really wish Johnny Depp would get back to real acting. I miss him.
I'm sure this movie will make a fortune, however I really wish Johnny Depp would get back to real acting. I miss him.
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8:59AM on 05/30/2014
For a moment there I was like "this Bobin guy seems promising" and then Alice In Wonerland sequel.
For a moment there I was like "this Bobin guy seems promising" and then Alice In Wonerland sequel.
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8:54AM on 05/30/2014
you lost me at Mad Hatter's father...
you lost me at Mad Hatter's father...
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8:19AM on 05/30/2014
So the storyline is switching from Alice (who's the main character in the film ) to the Mad Hatter?? Eh.

I like the cast for this and did enjoy the first one, but I think this sequel may feel lackluster without Burton's directorial direction this time around.
So the storyline is switching from Alice (who's the main character in the film ) to the Mad Hatter?? Eh.

I like the cast for this and did enjoy the first one, but I think this sequel may feel lackluster without Burton's directorial direction this time around.
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