Freddie Highmore is confirmed to star as Charlie in Tim Burton’s “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” for Warner Bros.
Kid thesp Highmore is featured in “J.M. Barrie’s Neverland” and the upcoming Brit pic “Five Children and It.”
In “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” he plays the poverty-stricken boy who stumbles across one of the five golden tickets that wins an exclusive tour of Willy Wonka’s mysterious chocolate factory. The other four winners are grotesque brats who get their comeuppance in the course of the tour, leaving Charlie to become Mr. Wonka’s heir.
Johnny Depp plays Willy Wonka. Shooting starts this summer at London’s Pinewood Studios.