English actress Helena Bonham Carter is trying to convince director partner Tim Burton to let her star in his upcoming remake of CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY - as the lead character CHARLIE!

Johnny Depp has already signed to star as the eccentric WILLY WONKA in the movie - due for release next year (05) - but Helena is keen to swap sexes to play the, as-yet uncast, part of Charlie.

She says, "Tim hasn't mentioned it, but I'd really want to play Charlie.

"But maybe I'll be one of the factory workers - an OOMPAH LUMPAH - squished into Oompah Lumpah make-up."

12/01/2004 21:31