Alan Rickman has been cast as the nefarious Judge Turpin in Dreamworks/WarnerBros' film of Stephen Sondheim's classic musical Sweeney Todd.

Judge Turpin is a sinister creature who frames Todd andsteals his wife before meeting his untimely demise in Todd's barber's chair. TimBurton is directing the film which stars Johnny Depp as Todd and Helena Bonham Carteras Mrs Lovett.

Paramount is handling domestic distribution on Sweeney Todd and Warner Bros Pictures Internationalwill release the film overseas.

Rickman can alsobe seen this season in Tom Tykwer's period thriller Perfume, which was acquired for North Americanby DreamWorks and will be released through Paramount.