Mia Wasikowska will also reprise her role for sequel, say reports

Johnny Depp will reprise his role as The Mad Hatter for Alice In Wonderland 2, it has been confirmed.

According to the Hollywood Reporter both Depp and Mia Wasikowska, who played Alice in the 2010 film, will return for the sequel, which will be released on May 27 in 2016. It was previously revealed that Tim Burton would not return to oversee the second installment in the series and will instead be replaced by The Muppets director James Bobin.

The Lewis Carroll adaptation’s original bumper cast also included Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter and Matt Lucas, although it is not yet known whether they will also return for a second film. Although reviews were mixed, Burton’s film went on to gross over $1,02 billion (£680 million) worldwide, placing it 14th on the all-time list.

In July of this year, Depp hinted that he was “not too far away” from quitting acting and said he was interested in exploring other projects. “When you add up the amount of dialogue you say per year and you realise you’ve said written words more than you’ve had a chance to say your own words, that becomes an insane option for a human being,” he said. “Are there quieter things I wouldn’t mind doing? Yes, I wouldn’t mind that. I wouldn’t say I am dropping out any second but I would say it’s not too far away.”

Depp’s last film was this year’s The Lone Ranger, in which he played Toto, and he has recently been workingon the sci-fi flick Transcendence with Morgan Freeman and Cillian Murphy.