The casting was first announced during CinemaCon in Las Vegas earlier this year, and Grant's bright orange face surfaces at the end of the film's trailer.
Timothee Chalamet's Willy Wonka, a younger version of the beloved chocolatier from Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, has the Oompa Loompa trapped in a glass case. With visual effects, Grant brings this pint-sized helper to her life. In the scene, the Oompa Loompa tells Wonka that "he is a perfectly respectable size". This leads to a little song and dance.
During an interview, the film's director and co-writer Paul King (Paddington, Paddington 2) praised Chalamet's performance calling him a "phenomnal actor" who put his own spin on the iconic character. He added: I think what's so remarkable about his performance is not only that he is funny and mischievious and quite mysterious, as well- just like the Willy Wonka that people will know- but also, he brings such heart to the role and he's a brilliant actor. He's incredibly emotionally intelligent and can bring a great deal of emotional truth to the role.
Wonks director tells EW exclusively taht casting Grant as such a character was "bizzarely straightforward".
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He continues, " I thought it was a strech, but I sent him a very short email, and amazingly he came along and did it. He's such a genius. He took to it like a duck to water. It's obviously a long, involved performance process to turn Hugh Grant into an 18-inch-character, but he did everything and he was brilliant. He was on set with Timothee Chalamet. They were able to play together and improvise together, and I think they've got a brilliant relationship through the movie. It's very clear who's the boss, and it's not Willy".
Wonka, which includes multiple musical numbers, will serve as an origin story to the Willy Wonka character. Kingtold EW that he sees it as "a companion piece" to 1971's Willy Wonka and the Chocolate factory, which starred Gene Wilder. "I've spent the past seven years travelling the world, perfecting my craft," Chalamet's Willy says in the Wonka trailer. "You see, I'm something of a magician, inventor, and chocolate maker. So quiet up and listen down..Nope. Scratch that, reverse it".
The footage sees Willy trying to set up his own chocolate shop amid the Galerie Gourmet, but his rivals in the business, the so-called "Chocolate Cratel", are hellbent on squashing the competition - or, as one scene suggests, drowing them in melted chocolate.
Calah Lane also appears as a character named Noodle, who appears to be Willy's right-hand helper in the film, while Sally Hawkins appears to be playing Willy's mother. "Every good thing in this world started with a dream. So you hold onto yours," Hawkins says.
The cast of Wonka also includes Olivia Colman in an undisclosed vilainous role, Keegan- Michael Key as the chief of police, and Rowan Atkinson as a priest. Matt Lucas, Mathew Baynton, and Paterson Joseph round out the ensemble as rival chocolatiers.
The film will relaese in theaters this December 15.
Sparking a major reaction from fans, many have since shared their thoughts on Twitter, and it looks like Hugh's already stolen the show!