Anne Hathaway turned down Alice

Why she went for the White Queen role instead
Sunday , 07 February 2010
Anne Hathaway turned down Alice
Anne Hathaway turned down Alice

You know you’re a big time celebrity when you can turn down the lead role in what’s sure to be a major blockbuster and not even bat an eye. The iconic role of Alice in Tim Burton’s remake of Alice in Wonderland is undoubtedly one of the most coveted roles in Hollywood (and was handed to newcomer Mia Wasikowska), but for Anne Hathaway, it just didn’t do it for her. She tells British GQ magazine, “The studio had the Alice script a long time ago and I was approached back then for the part of Alice. I considered it, but felt, what with The Princess Diaries, that I had been there, done that sort of pretty-girl-in-a-fairy-dress role.”Instead, the Devil Wears Prada actress opted for the role of the White Queen and convinced director Tim Burton of her vision for the role. “I talked on the phone with Tim and he really liked my take. I wanted the Queen to be a cross between Debbie Harry, Greta Garbo, David Bowie, with (a) little bit of the work of Dan Flavin thrown in for good measure.”Anne has actively tried to move away from her innocent, good girl image starring in such dramas as Brokeback Mountain and Rachel Getting Married. Her latest role, though more theatrical than serious is a definite contrast from her turn as Mia Thermopolis in The Princess Diaries movies. But the 27-year-old is excited for the release of the new Alice in Wonderland and what audiences will think of Tim’s unique take on the classic story. "I'm not sure how much I'm supposed to tell you but no one's given me my marching orders as yet. It's not exactly Alice in Wonderland, nor Through The Looking Glass. Tim has Alice come back to Wonderland - but ten years later."