Olivia Colman and Sally Hawkins have joined the cast of the upcoming Wonka movie.
The Oscar-winning actress and The Shape of Water star, along with Mr. Bean’s Rowan Atkinson and Downton Abbey’s Jim Carter, were announced as new cast members on Wednesday to mark the start of filming in London. Their characters have not been revealed.
They join Timothée Chalamet, who will play a young Willy Wonka, and Keegan-Michael Key, who has an unknown supporting role.
In the casting announcement, the musical was described as an exploration of the “vivid and mythical beginnings of the imaginative young inventor before he became the famous Mozart of chocolate”. It takes place before the events of Roald Dahl’s novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which has been adapted twice for the cinema, with Gene Wilder and Johnny Depp playing the eccentric chocolatier.
Paul King, who directed the Paddington animated films, directs from a screenplay he wrote with Paddington 2 co-writer Simon Farnaby, with former screenwriters such as Simon Rich, Simon Stephenson , Jeff Nathanson and Steven Levenson.
King has recruited several of his Paddington stars for Wonka, with the new cast list featuring Farnaby, Matt Lucas, Tom Davis and Kobna Holdbrook-Smith. Other newcomers to the project include Mathew Baynton, Rich Fulcher, Paterson Joseph and Natasha Rothwell.
Neil Hannon of the North Irish pop group The Divine Comedy writes original songs for the film.
Wonka is slated for release on March 17, 2023.