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Alan Rickman already mentally prepared to play Hookah-Smoking Caterpillar

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Alanrickman_lIs it just me, or did Alan Rickman’s promo pic for Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves strongly foreshadow his upcoming role as the hookah-smoking caterpillar in Tim Burton’s adaptation of Alice in Wonderland? Probably just me. Rickman’s the latest star to sign on for what’s shaping up to be the weirdest movie ever. (If anything could be weirder than the 1985 network-TV Alice adaptation starring everyone in Hollywood, that is. Remember Carol Channing as the White Queen? Nightmares! Great ones!)

Johnny Depp will be The Mad Hatter, as we know. Also on board: In Treatment’s Mia Wasikowska as Alice, Helena Bonham Carter as The Red Queen, Anne Hathaway as The White Queen, and Crispin Glover as the Knave of Hearts. Christopher Lee will be involved as something (The White Knight, maybe?), and Danny Elfman will do the music. The movie doesn’t come out until 2010, by the way. I just remember a lot of P-Dubs loving Alan Rickman back when Missy Schwartz enviably ate dinner with him during Sundance. So there you go! Puff puff.

Originally posted October 28 2008 — 12:00 PM EDT

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