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Stars out for royal world premiere

Johnny Depp and Anne Hathaway are due to join the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall for the royal world premiere of Alice In Wonderland.

Tim Burton's eagerly awaited 3D fantasy adventure features Depp as the Mad Hatter, Hathaway as the White Queen, Helena Bonham Carter as the Red Queen, Australian rising star Mia Wasikowska as Alice and Little Britain star Matt Lucas, who plays Tweedledum and Tweedledee.

The premiere will take place at an Odeon cinema in London's Leicester Square - the only Odeon venue to host the film in the UK and Ireland due to a boycott of the movie by the cinema chain.

Odeon's stance is a response to Disney's plan to reduce the gap between the film's cinema debut and DVD release to around three months rather than the usual 17 weeks.

But the cinema chain has said that despite the row it would continue to host the premiere out of "respect" for those involved and the charity which will benefit from the event.

A host of talent provide the voices for Wonderland's magical inhabitants, including Stephen Fry as the Cheshire Cat, Alan Rickman as Absolem the caterpillar, Michael Sheen as The White Rabbit, Paul Whitehouse as The March Hare, Timothy Spall as Bayard, Barbara Windsor as the Dormouse and Sir Christopher Lee as the Jabberwocky.

The Walt Disney Pictures movie is inspired by Lewis Carroll's classic tales about Alice.

Burton's Alice in Wonderland features a new adventure as 19-year-old Alice returns to Wonderland for the first time since she was a child with no memory of her previous adventures there.

The premiere will raise cash for The Prince's Foundation for Children and the Arts. The movie goes on UK release on March 5.

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