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'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' Star to Voice 'Astro Boy'

February 29, 2008, 9:42 am GMT

The upcoming 3-D animated movie adapted from popular manga will hear Freddie Highmore as the lead character.

Freddie Highmore

"Astro Boy" now has a voice. Variety reported that the star of "The Spiderwick Chronicles" Freddie Highmore has been set to fill in the lead character's voice in the 3-D animation film.

"Boy" is a lonely robot tale adapted from a classic Japanese comic book created by Osamu Tezuka. The Warner Bros. Pictures' film is said to be made with the budget of $50 million and handled under the direction of "Flushed Away" director David Bowers.

Before appearing in "Spiderwick", Highmore has once worked for Warner Bros. when he played alongside Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter in adventure fantasy film "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory".

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