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London Becomes Wonderland at “Alice Through the Looking Glass” Premiere


L-R: Mia Wasikowska, Sacha Baron Cohen and Johnny Depp attend the European Premiere of “Alice Through the Looking Glass” in London; Dave J Hogan/Dave J Hogan/Getty Images(LONDON) — London was a wonderland Tuesday, when it hosted the European premiere of Alice Through the Looking Glass.

Johnny Depp, who reprises his role of the Mad Hatter from 2010’s Alice in Wonderland, appeared at the event less than one month after he and wife Amber Heard famously issued a video apology for illegally bringing their dogs into Australia.

Alice herself, Mia Wasikowska, deflected a question regarding whether her co-star had smuggled his pets onto the set or into the premiere. “You know what, that is totally a question for him. I’m not getting involved,” she laughed.

The 26-year-old actress got a little more serious when commenting on how her character has changed since we last saw her on the big screen.

“I like where she is at the beginning of this story,” Wasikowska said. “She comes in from a very empowered place and she has a really strong sense of who she is and I really like that.”

In Alice Through the Looking Glass, Time is not on Alice’s side — literally. Sacha Baron Cohen plays the villain, and he joked about his Wonderland experience at the premiere.

“I was staying in this castle that was very empty, very out of date, full of, who is only inhabited by mad old Germans. So it was a bit like Buckingham Palace actually,” he said.

The project reunited him with director James Bobin, who previously worked with Baron Cohen on the TV series Da Ali G Show. Bobin said the comedian was perfect for the role of Time.

“When the idea of time came up in this movie I was very keen to get him involved because I knew that he’d bring the level of performance required to fill that space in the film,” he explained.

Alice Through the Looking Glass opens in the U.S. on May 27.

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