Why won’t mypy understand this object instantiation?

  abc, mypy, python, python-typing, type-hinting

I’m trying to define a class that takes another class as an attribute _model and will instantiate objects of that class.

from abc import ABC
from typing import Generic, TypeVar, Any, ClassVar, Type

Item = TypeVar("Item", bound=Any)


class SomeClass(Generic[Item], ABC):
    _model: ClassVar[Type[Item]]

    def _compose_item(self, **attrs: Any) -> Item:
        return self._model(**attrs)

I think it should be obvious that self._model(**attrs) returns an instance of Item, since _model is explicitly declared as Type[Item] and attrs is declared as Dict[str, Any].

But what I’m getting from mypy 0.910 is:

test.py: note: In member "_compose_item" of class "SomeClass":
test.py:11: error: Returning Any from function declared to return "Item"
            return self._model(**attrs)
            ^

What am I doing wrong?

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