Alice Through the Looking Glass was the final movie Rickman acted in before he died earlier this year after from pancreatic cancer. He might just be lending his voice to the character of Absolem, but that voice anchors the trailer. Rickman will be missed.
Elsewhere, Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley) has signed on to star in a comedy about Adolf Hitler’s early days, before he became a tyrannical dictator and the terror of the free world. Grint’s not playing Hitler himself—that job will go to Iwan Rheon, who’s already made an impression on fans as the psychopathic Ramsay Bolton on Game of Thrones. Instead, Grint will play August “Gustl” Kubizek, one the future Führer’s childhood friends.
The movie will focus on Hitler’s time trying to become an artist in Vienna. The young Hitler didn’t much take to the bohemian lifestyle enjoyed by artists at the time, and I daresay some of the people who rubbed him the wrong way during this period would live to regret it.
That sounds sinister, and it is, because Hitler was a terrible human being and history’s greatest monster. You might think that it would be difficult, if not impossible, to make a comedy about him, but it’s been done before.