Prepare to return to a world of pure imagination, as Warner Bros. and the Roald Dahl Story Co. are releasing another Charlie and the Chocolate Factory-inspired picture — but there’s a catch.
Prequel film Wonka will focus on chocolate manufacturer Willy Wonka’s early years, before he founded his famed factory, and will be the first time Wonka has been adapted for the big screen without the inclusion of young Golden Ticket winner Charlie Bucket.
Even better, according to Deadline, Oscar-nominated Call Me By Your Name actor Timothée Chalamet has been cast as the young Wonka, and he’ll be singing and dancing on screen for the first time in the role.
The movie will introduce us to a young confectionery-loving Wonka as it explores his earlier exploits, and is based on characters developed by author Roald Dahl, who wrote Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and its sequel Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator.
The film will be directed by Paddington director Paul King, who also co-wrote the screenplay with Simon Farnaby of Horrible Histories.
Following Gene Wilder in the 1971 film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and Johnny Depp in Tim Burton’s 2005 rendition of the storey, Chalamet will be the third actor to play the eccentric Wonka.
Denis Villeneuve’s long-awaited sci-fi adventure Dune, in which he plays Paul Atreides, is set to hit theatres in September, and the star has a busy year of films ahead of him.
He’ll also appear in the Netflix film Don’t Look Up, alongside Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence, and the Wes Anderson comedy The French Dispatch.
Wonka has yet to be given a premiere date, but we’re already excited to watch the actor donning a top hat and singing about the lovely world of chocolate.
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