Beloved British 'bad guy' Alan Rickman is set to play the villain again after signing up for a role in Tim Burton's movie adaptation of SWEENEY TODD. The thespian will play JUDGE TURPIN in the new project, which reteams Burton with Johnny Depp. The cast also includes Burton's real-life partner Helena Bonham Carter and funnyman Sacha Baron Cohen. The film adaptation of Stephen Sondheim's musical will begin filming early next year (07).