British actress Kate Winslet has helped friend Johnny Depp find a co-star for upcoming movie Charlie And The Chocolate Factory.

The TITANIC actress worked alongside Depp during the filming of JM BARRIE's NEVERLAND - set for release later this year (04) - and suggested the perfect Charlie would be their Neverland co-star Freddie Highmore.

So Winslet, 28, recommended Highmore to producer Richard Zanuck, and told him, "Oh, what about the great kid in Neverland."

Filming for the film is due to start in June (04) at PINEWOOD STUDIOS near London.

16/04/2004 13:34