Neil Hannon of the Divine Comedy will write original songs for the new origins film, Wonka prequel to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Production on the new Warner Bros. movie began in London and it has been revealed that Rowan Atkinson, Sally Hawkins and Olivia Colman will join Timothee Chalamet, who plays the lead role in the new movie, which is being directed by Paddington director Paul King.

Paddington 2 stars including Tom Davis, Simon Farnaby and Kobna Holdbrook-Smith will also appear in the movie.

Wonka, which will be in cinemas on March 17, 2023, is described the story as an exploration of the "vivid, mythical beginnings of the imaginative young inventor before he becomes the renowned scrumdiddlyumptious Mozart of chocolate" and the events in the film take place before the events of Roald Dahl's famous book.

Timothee Chalamet

Last week, it was announced that Netflix had bought the rights to Roald Dahl's entire works.

Hannon is releasing a greatest hits album to mark his thirty-year anniversary as a recording artist and embarking on a European tour which will see him play the Cork Opera House on May 15, 2022, 3Olympia Theatre on May 17 and May 20, and Waterfront Hall on May 21.

24-track retrospective Charmed Life - The Best Of The Divine Comedy is out on February 4, 2022 and includes hits such as National Express, Something For The Weekend, Songs of Love, and Our Mutual Friend.

"I've been luckier than most," Hannon said. "I get to sing songs to people for a living and they almost always applaud. So, when asked what to call this collection I thought of Charmed Life. I like the song and it rather sums up how I feel about my life."

The Divine Comedy released their most recent studio album, Office Politics, in 2019.