Rowan Atkinson, Olivia Colman and Sally Hawkins are the latest stars to join the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory prequel, Wonka.
The three Hollywood A-listers join star Timothée Chalamet, who will portray the titular chocolatier, Willy Wonka. Other castmates include Keegan-Michael Key, Tom Davis, Simon Farnaby, Kobna Holdbrook-Smith, Rakhee Thakrar, Mathew Baynton, Jim Carter, Matt Lucas, and Rich Fulcher.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the prequel began production in London on Wednesday (29 September). Paul King is directing the feature, with David Heyman, Luke Kelly, and Alexandra Derbyshire as producers.
Wonka will follow the earlier days of Willy Wonka and the wild journey leading to the opening of the world’s most famous chocolate factory.
Atkinson is known globally for his portrayal of Mr Bean, and the bumbling spy, Johnny English. He gained recognition in the 1980s in the British comedy series Blackadder, and went on to claim a lucrative career in film and comedy.
Colman has become best known for her Oscar-winning performance in Yorgos Lanthimos‘ The Favourite. She made her acting debut in 2000 with the BBC series Bruiser.
Hawkins has enjoyed roles in several high-profile pictures including Blue Jasmine, Paddington and Godzilla. In 2008, she won a Golden Globe for her starring appearance in Happy-Go-Lucky, and was Oscar-nominated in 2017 for her leading role in The Shape of Water.
Wonka hopes to arrive in cinemas on March 17, 2023.
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