'Alice' miniseries rounds up cast

Kathy Bates, Tim Curry among actors in Sci Fi project

Kathy Bates, Tim Curry, Colm Meaney and Philip Winchester have been tapped to star on Sci Fi's four-hour miniseries "Alice," which has cast Caterina Scorsone (Starz's "Crash") in the title role.

Production on the mini, a modern-day take on Lewis Carroll's classic, is under way in Vancouver, B.C., for a December 2009 premiere.

Bates plays the Queen of Hearts, Curry plays Dodo, Colm Meaney plays the King of Hearts and "Crusoe" star Winchester plays the Jack of Hearts.

Additionally, Matt Frewerplays has been cast as the White Knight, Andrew Lee Potts as Hatter, Alessandro Juliani as 9 of Clubs, Timothy Webber as Carpenter, Alex Diakun as Ratcatcher, Zak Santiago as 10 of Clubs and Eugene Lipinski as Doctors Dee and Dum.

RHI Entertainment is internationally distributing the mini, which it is co-producing with Reunion Pictures and Studio Eight.

The new version, from writer-director Nick Willing, centers on Alice Hamilton, a fiercely independent twentysomething who suddenly finds herself on the other side of a looking glass.

Executive producing the mini are Matthew O'Connor and Lisa Richardson from Reunion Pictures, Jamie Brown from Studio Eight and RHI Entertainment's Robert Halmi, Sr. and Robert Halmi, Jr.