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Hugh Grant will play Oompa Loompa in the prequel Wonka to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Hugh Grant has reportedly signed on to play an Oompa Loompa in the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory prequel Wonka, which is due out next year.

The 61-year-old actor is believed to have started filming his role at the University of Oxford’s Hertford College, which required students to hold their meetings elsewhere.

It’s unclear how the 5 ’11 star will transform into one of the miniature factory workers, but film bosses have reportedly refused to cast actors with dwarfism to avoid offending.

Exciting: Hugh Grant has reportedly signed on to play an Oompa Loompa in the prequel Wonka to Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, due to be released next year (pictured in 2020)

The Oompa Loompas’ role in the film was previously undetermined as studio executives feared they carried “racist” connotations, The Sun continued.

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

Author Roald Dahl stood by his decision to include them in 1973, stating “It never occurred to me that my portrayal of the Oompa-Loompas was racist.”

Despite this, they rewrote their descriptions as “white hippies” in the revised edition later that year, but they were already portrayed with orange skin and green hair in the 1971 film adaptation.

Iconic: It's unclear how Hugh will play one of the miniature factory workers, but bosses have 'refused to cast actors with dwarfism to avoid offense' (unknown actor, pictured in 1971)

Iconic: It’s unclear how Hugh will play one of the miniature factory workers, but bosses have ‘refused to cast actors with dwarfism to avoid offense’ (unknown actor, pictured in 1971).

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

Timothée Chalamet is currently busy filming the upcoming movie directed by Paul King in his role as the eccentric chocolatier.

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

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

Flashback: The role of Oompa Loompas in the film was reportedly previously undetermined for fear of a 'racist' connotation (Gene Wilder, center, pictured 1971).

Flashback: The role of Oompa Loompas in the film was reportedly previously undetermined for fear of a ‘racist’ connotation (Gene Wilder, center, pictured 1971).

In between, the actor chats with the crew and fools around with 12-year-old Calah, who has an undisclosed supporting role in the new film.

The Oscar nominee previously starred alongside Matt Lucas in October when the couple was filmed in Lyme Regis, Dorset.

The town was transformed into a snow-covered 19th-century backdrop for two days before the team relocated to the Warner Brothers studios in Leavesden.

The highly anticipated film Wonka features an all-star cast that includes Rowan Atkinson, Olivia Colman, Keegan-Michael Key and Sally Hawkins.

First sight!  Timothée Chalamet is currently busy filming the upcoming film directed by Paul King (pictured October 2021) in his role as the eccentric chocolatier in Oxford.

First sight! Timothée Chalamet is currently busy filming the upcoming film, directed by Paul King in his role as the eccentric chocolatier in Oxford (pictured October 2021).

The film is slated for release by Warner Bros. Pictures in March 2023.

The musical focuses on the adventures of young Willy Wonka 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.

Filming was temporarily suspended in November following a Covid scare.

According to The Sun, filming was suspended 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 following, as soon as there was a positive test on Thursday all production was shut down as bosses didn’t want to take any chances.

“There is a lot of money tied up in filming, so delays can be incredibly costly. Medical staff on site are monitoring the situation and will not let anyone come back until it is safe.

“Now those involved are double-vaccinated anyway, but it shows Covid can still find a way.”

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

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

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