July 24, 2008 / 3:57 AM / 11 years ago

Aussie actress Wasikowska to play Alice for Burton

NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) - Tim Burton and Disney have found their new Alice — not in Wonderland or down the rabbit hole but Down Under.

Australian actress Mia Wasikowska, a regular on HBO’s “In Treatment,” is in final negotiations to walk through the looking glass in Burton’s take on Lewis Carroll’s classic fantasy novel “Alice in Wonderland.” The deal marks the end of a long search for the big-budget project’s title character.

The film, based on a script by Linda Woolverton (“The Lion King”), will be shot with live-action and performance-capture footage and presented in Disney Digital 3-D.

Wasikowska got her start on the Aussie series “All Saints.” She next will appear opposite Daniel Craig in Edward Zwick’s war drama “Defiance” and just completed filming the role of a young Amelia Earhart fan in Mira Nair’s biopic “Amelia,” starring Hilary Swank.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

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