Hugh Grant stars as Wonka, a dwarf banned by his boss in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory prequel

2022-05-24 0 By

Hugh Grant has reportedly signed on to star in Wonka, a prequel to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, to be released next year.The 61-year-old actor has already begun filming his role at Hertford College, Oxford.It is unclear how the 1.8 metre tall star will turn into a miniature factory worker, however the film’s bosses reportedly refused to cast a dwarf to avoid offending racism.In 1973, author Roald Dahl stood by his decision, saying, “I do not consider my description of the Oompa-Loompas to be racist.”Despite this, he rewrote their description as “white hippies” in a revised version later that year, but by the 1971 film adaptation they were already depicted as having orange skin and green hair.Timothee Chalamet is currently busy filming the upcoming Paul King film, in which he plays an eccentric chocolate-maker.The 26-year-old actor was spotted on set in Oxford on Wednesday with young actress Calah Lane in a purple velvet tuxedo, brown top hat and mustard yellow silk scarf.Timothee wore a coat over a brown waistcoat and lace-up boots and pinstriped trousers as part of his outfit.During that time, he chatted with staff and played with 12-year-old Cara.Carla will play a supporting role in the new film, which is yet to be announced.The Academy Award nominee was filmed alongside Matt Lucas in Lyme Regis, Dorset, last October.The town was transformed into a 20th century snow scene in two days before moving to warner Bros. studios in Leavesden.The film is scheduled to be released by Warner Bros. Pictures in March 2023.The musical will follow the adventures of young Willy Wonka before he becomes a chocolatier.Timothee is the third actor to play Willy Wonka, following Gene Wilder (1971) and Johnny Depp (2005).The highly anticipated film Wonka includes an all-star cast of Rowan Atkinson, Olivia Colman, Keegan-Michael Key and Sally Hawkins.In November, filming was suspended for five days and the cast, including lead actor Timothee, was forced to self-quarantine amid fears of contracting COVID-19.A source said: “Although everyone followed strict Covid protocols, the whole shoot was immediately stopped when the test came back positive on Thursday because the boss didn’t want to take any chances.It takes a lot of money to shoot, so any delay can be incredibly costly.”# Hugh Grant