Netflix’s Roald Dahl Story Company strikes quiet app deal for bedtime story series, starting with Henry Golding as Willy Wonka

Characters created by beloved children’s author Roald Dahl arrive on meditation and sleep app Calm, in a series of bedtime stories read by actors such as Henry Golding and Kirby Howell-Baptiste.

Calm has entered into a multi-year deal with the Roald Dahl Story Company, which Netflix acquired last year, for a series of exclusive sleep stories and soundscapes featuring a mix of new stories and existing clips from Dahl titles. Calm’s first sleep story under the partnership is “Charlie and the Dream Factory” – inspired by Dahl’s book “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” – told by Golding (“Crazy Rich Asians”) as Willy Wonka . The story will be available Tuesday, October 25 exclusively on Calm.

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Golding’s Sleep Story invites listeners into a new piece from Wonka’s wonderful chocolate factory, a piece that turns dreams into reality. “Tonight I’m going to take you to this room – a journey that will intrigue and captivate you,” Golding whispers quietly into the story, backed by a new-age soundtrack.

The partnership’s next Calm Sleep Story will be available in December 2022 and will feature a clip from “Matilda” with narration by Howell-Baptiste (Netflix’s “The Sandman” series). Future content will feature other Dahl classics, including “The BFG” (Big Friendly Giant) and “The Witches.”

As with Calm’s Sleep Stories and other premium content, Dahl’s Stories will only be available to subscribers to his $69.99/year service.

Founded in 2012, Calm has found traction with its sleep stories in children and adults. The app currently features sleep stories told by Idris Elba, Harry Styles, Cynthia Ervio, Anna Kendrick, Kate Winslet, Pink, Maya Rudolph, Wanda Sykes, Nick Offerman, Randall Park, Diane Keaton, Mandy Moore, Matthew McConaughey, Michael Bublé and others, as well as content from anime franchises such as “The Minions”, “Kung Fu Panda”, and “Peppa Pig”.

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