Paddington 2 scene-stealer Hugh Grant joins Wonka

But who will the actor play?

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Always-entertaining Hugh Grant, who has a won whole new swag of fans from recent turns in films like “The Gentlemen” and “Paddington 2”, has been cast in “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” movie prequel “Wonka”.

According to Hollywood Insider Daniel Richtman, the 61-year-old actor will play an Oompa Loompa opposite Timothee Chalamet’s Willy Wonka in the pic.

Timothee Chalamet

Now in production in the UK, “Wonka” also stars Rowan Atkinson (the “Johnny English” and “Mr. Bean” films, “Love Actually”), Mathew Baynton (“The Wrong Mans,” “Ghosts”), Jim Carter (“Downton Abbey”), Oscar winner Olivia Colman (“The Favourite”), Tom Davis (“Paddington 2,” “King Gary”), Simon Farnaby (the “Paddington” films, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”), Rich Fulcher (“Marriage Story,” “Disenchantment”), Oscar nominee Sally Hawkins (“The Shape of Water,” the “Paddington” films, “Spencer”), Kobna Holdbrook-Smith (“Paddington 2,” “Zack Snyder’s Justice League,” “Mary Poppins Returns”), Paterson Joseph (“Vigil,” “Noughts + Crosses”), Emmy and Peabody Award winner Keegan-Michael Key (“The Prom,” “Schmigadoon”), Calah Lane (“The Day Shall Come”), Matt Lucas (“Paddington,” “Little Britain”), Colin O’Brien (“The Mothership”), Natasha Rothwell (“White Lotus,” “Insecure”), Rakhee Thakrar (“Sex Education,” “Four Weddings and a Funeral”) and Ellie White (“The Other One,” “The Windsors”).

Paul King is directing from a screenplay he wrote with “Paddington 2” co-writer Simon Farnaby (with prior writers including Simon Rich, Simon Stephenson, Jeff Nathanson, and Steven Levenson).

Grant next appears in Guy Ritchie’s ”Operation Fortune: Ruse de guerre”, in cinemas next March.

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