Hugh Grant 'will play Oompa Loompa in Charlie And The Chocolate Factory prequel Wonka'

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Hugh Grant has allegedly signed up to play an Oompa-Loompa in the Charlie And The Chocolate Factory prequel film, Wonka, which is set to be released next year.

The actor, 61, is thought to have began filming his part within University Of Oxford’s Hertford College, which has required students to take their meetings elsewhere.

It is unclear how the 5′ 11″ star will transform into one of the miniature factory workers, however film bosses have reportedly refused to cast dwarfs in a bid to avoid offence.

Exciting: Hugh Grant has allegedly signed up to play an Oompa-Loompa in the Charlie And The Chocolate Factory prequel, Wonka, which is set to be released next year (pictured in 2020)

Exciting: Hugh Grant has allegedly signed up to play an Oompa-Loompa in the Charlie And The Chocolate Factory prequel, Wonka, which is set to be released next year (pictured in 2020)

The Oompa-Loompas’ part in the movie had previously been undetermined, since studio executives feared they had a ‘racist’ connotation, The Sun continued.

In the 1964 children’s novel, Willy Wonka claimed he ‘imported’ them from the ‘very deepest darkest part of the African jungle where no white man had been before’.

Author Roald Dahl stood by his decision to include them in 1973, stating: ‘It didn’t occur to me that my depiction of the Oompa-Loompas was racist.’

Despite this, he re-wrote their descriptions as ‘white hippies’ in the revised edition later that year, but they already been portrayed with orange skin and green hair in the 1971 film adaptation.  

Iconic: It is unclear how the 5' 11" will play one of the miniature factory workers, however film bosses have'refused to cast dwarfs in a bid to avoid offence' (unknown actor pictured in 1971)

Iconic: It is unclear how the 5′ 11″ will play one of the miniature factory workers, however film bosses have ‘refused to cast dwarfs in a bid to avoid offence’ (unknown actor pictured in 1971)

Hugh’s representatives have been contacted for comment by MailOnline.

Timothée Chalamet is currently busy filming the upcoming Paul King-directed picture, in his role as the eccentric chocolatier.

The actor, 26, was seen on set with young actress Calah Lane in Oxford on Wednesday, sporting a purple velvet tailcoat, brown top hat and a mustard yellow silk scarf.

Timothée layered the coat atop of a brown waistcoat and also wore lace-up boots and pinstripe trousers as part of his costume.

Throwback: The Oompa-Loompas' part in the movie had previously been undetermined due to fears of a'racist' connotation, according to reports (Gene Wilder, centre, pictured in 1971)

Throwback: The Oompa-Loompas’ part in the movie had previously been undetermined due to fears of a ‘racist’ connotation, according to reports (Gene Wilder, centre, pictured in 1971)

In-between takes the actor talked to the crew and larked around with 12-year old Calah, who takes a yet to be announced supporting role in the new film.

The Academy Award nominee was previously seen alongside Matt Lucas in October as the pair filmed in Lyme Regis, Dorset. 

The town was transformed in to a 1900’s snowy set for two days, before the team moved to the Warner Brothers studios in Leavesden.

Highly anticipated film Wonka includes an all-star cast line up of Rowan Atkinson, Olivia Colman, Keegan-Michael Key and Sally Hawkins.

First look! Timothée Chalamet is currently busy filming the upcoming Paul King-directed picture, in his role as the eccentric chocolatier in Oxford (pictured in October 2021)

First look! Timothée Chalamet is currently busy filming the upcoming Paul King-directed picture, in his role as the eccentric chocolatier in Oxford (pictured in October 2021)

The movie is scheduled to be released by Warner Bros. Pictures in March 2023.

The musical, it will focus on a young Willy Wonka’s adventures, before he became a chocolatier.

Timothée is the third actor to portray Willy Wonka on screen following Gene Wilder in the 1971 film and Johnny Depp in 2005.

In November filming was temporarily suspended after a Covid scare.

According to The Sun, filming stopped for five days while the cast, including lead actor Timothée, were forced to self-isolate.

A source said: ‘Despite the strict Covid protocols everyone had been abiding with, as soon as there was a positive test on Thursday the whole production shut down immediately as bosses didn’t want to take any chances.

‘There’s a huge amount of money tied up in filming so any delays can become incredibly costly. On site medical staff are monitoring the situation and won’t make anyone come back until it’s safe.

‘Most people involved are double vaccinated anyway, but it shows that Covid can still find a way.’

Talented: Timothée is the third actor to portray Willy Wonka on screen following Gene Wilder in the 1971 film and Johnny Depp (pictured) in 2005

Talented: Timothée is the third actor to portray Willy Wonka on screen following Gene Wilder in the 1971 film and Johnny Depp (pictured) in 2005

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