Anne Hathaway and Helena Bonham Carter are to take a trip to a magical world in Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland, it has been confirmed.

Princess Diaries star Hathaway is likely to play the White Queen while Bonham Carter - the director's fiancee - will don the Red Queen's crown, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Using a blend of live-action and animation similar to that seen in Beowulf, Disney's Alice in Wonderland update is set for release in March 2010 and sees newcomer Mia Wasikowska in the title role.

Burton's long-time collaborator Johnny Depp was confirmed as the Mad Hatter at a Disney showcase last month and Little Britain star Matt Lucas is to play both Tweedledum and Tweedledee in the Lewis Carroll adaptation.

Bonham Carter has also worked frequently with her partner, starring in Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, Big Fish and Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.

Hathaway, however, will work for Burton for the first time in playing the "benevolent monarch" deposed by her evil sister (Bonham Carter).

The Brokeback Mountain actress is currently generating awards buzz for her role as a former drug addict in family drama Rachel Getting Married, soon to be seen at the Times BFI 52nd London Film Festival.

07/10/2008 12:37:30