Olivia Colman, Jim Carter and Rowan Atkinson join Wonka prequel movie

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Timothée Chalamet's Willy Wonka prequel movie has signed up a number of huge names.

Wonka, which will see the Dune star portray the chocolate maker in his younger years, has added The Crown's Olivia Colman, Downton Abbey's Jim Carter, Paddington's Sally Hawkins and Mr Bean himself, Rowan Atkinson.

Also on board are Ghosts' Mathew Baynton, Sex Education's Rakhee Thakrar, Vigil's Paterson Joseph, The Lion King's Keegan-Michael Key and Marriage Story's Rich Fulcher, as well as Paddington stars Matt Lucas, Tom Davis, Simon Farnaby and Kobna Holdbrook-Smith.

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On top of that are The White Lotus' Natasha Rothwell, The Day Shall Come's Calah Lane, The Mothership's Colin O'Brien and The Other One's and Ellie White.

The movie is set to explore the years before Wonka opened his famous chocolate factory, with Chalamet set to sing and dance to original songs written by Neil Hannon of The Divine Comedy.

It will also mark the first time the Roald Dahl character has been brought to the big screen without Charlie Bucket featuring.

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Paddington's Paul King is on board to direct, co-writing the screenplay with cast member Farnaby, while Harry Potter's David Heyman is producing.

Speaking previously to Collider about Wonka, Heyman said "It's a prequel, it's not a sequel".

He elaborated: "What makes Willy? When we find him at the chocolate factory doing the golden ticket, where is he before that? What leads him to that place where he's locked himself away? It's how does he get there? So we're playing around with that."

Wonka will be released in cinemas on March 17, 2023.

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