Johnny Depp joins `Alice and Wonderland` sequel

Los Angeles: Actor Johnny Depp will return as the Mad Hatter in `Alice and Wonderland 2` after negotiating a deal with Disney.

The 50-year-old `Lone Ranger` actor is set to sign a new deal with Disney to star in a follow-up to 2010`s smash hit `Alice and Wonderland` directed by Tim Burton, while `The Muppets` director James Bobin will replace Burton as director of the sequel, Deadline reported.

Depp played the Mad Hatter in Disney`s 2010 adaptation of the Lewis Carroll classic which also starred Mia Wasikowska, Anne Hathaway and Helena Bonham Carter.

It`s not yet known whether his co-stars will reprise their roles in the film.