Just as in the writings of Lewis Carroll, the characters portrayed by the “Alice in Wonderland” cast in the movie of the same name are wonderfully wild and colorful. From the loony-bin antics of Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter, to the graceful, yet sometimes unreserved performance of Anne Hathaway as the White Queen, the characters of “Alice in Wonderland” are vividly brought to life in the 2010 film.


Mia Wasikowska  as Alice

This twenty-one year old Australian actress gained worldwide notoriety portraying Alice as a girl trapped in a Victorian-era society in which a woman’s role is to be seen, not heard. Her take on Alice gives the character a strong resolve and empowerment not normally seen in other representations of the character. Mia Wasikowska has also starred in HBO’s “In Treatment,” the independent dramatic comedy “The Kids Are All Right,” and is set to star as the title character in “Jane Eyre.”


Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter

No doubt the most anticipated performance from the “Alice in Wonderland” cast came from the legendary Johnny Depp. With bone-white skin, a shock of electric orange hair, and wild eyes to match, Depp lets loose a memorable, “off-his-rocker” whirlwind of a character. The Mad Hatter twitches and dances, speaks in riddles, and switches accents throughout the film, all the while giving you glimpses that behind all the madness, there is a human being. Johnny Depp has starred in numerous films including, “Edward Scissorhands,” “Donnie Brasco,” “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” and “The Pirates of the Caribbean.” 


Anne Hathaway as the White Queen

Anne Hathaway gives her character a contradictory depth. In some scenes, the White Queen gracefully moves about like a ballerina, swearing to never hurt a living thing. In others, she’s looking for someone to slay a dragon to start a war. There is a scene in which the White Queen prepares a potion for a giant Alice to help shrink her to a normal size. One of the ingredients for the potion is a “buttered finger” and as Hathaway sniffs the appendage, she lets a low, guttural moan slip. These tiny specks of darkness are brilliantly peppered throughout her performance. Aside from “Alice in Wonderland,” Anne Hathaway can also be seen in the films, “The Princess Diaries” and “Rachel Getting Married,” and is set to play Catwoman in the upcoming “The Dark Knight Rises.”


Helena Bonham Carter as the Red Queen

With a grotesquely enormous head, the Red Queen is hard to miss in this film. Bonham Carter delivers a terrific performance as the tyrannical ruler. She hates animals, is short tempered, and doesn’t think twice to scream, “Off with the head!” When she finds out Alice is back in Underland (director Tim Burton’s version of Wonderland), the Red Queen immediately orders her soldiers to find and capture the girl for execution. Helena Bonham Carter has also starred in “Fight Club,” “Planet of the Apes,” “Big Fish” and “The King’s Speech.”


- Christopher Chavez