Oompa, Loompa, doom-pa-dee-do/I have a perfect puzzle for you. What do you get when you cast Timothée Chalamet as Willy Wonka-dee-do? We’re not really sure either, but suffice it to say that it’s definitely got a lot of people excited.
Wonka, which is the brainchild of Warner Bros. and Roald Dahl Story Co., is going to be an origin story and will focus on Willy Wonka’s adventures before he opened his famous chocolate factory, so we won’t be seeing Charlie Bucket or any of the other children from the original film; however, Wonka will be based on characters created by Roald Dahl, so perhaps we’ll see some of the parents or grandparents of said children (Grandpa George and Grandma Georgina)?
According to Deadline, Chalamet was a top choice to play the eccentric chocolatier but “scheduling was a hurdle that had to be overcome as training for those numbers is included in the prep for this film.” Training as in singing and dancing. Yes everyone! Chalamet will supposedly get to show off his singing and dancing skills, something that hasn’t been seen in any of his more well-known bodies of work (Call Me By Your Name, Ladybird, Dune, which had a very non-musical trailer).
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Chalamet will be the third Willy Wonka to come out of a Warner Bros. adaptation. The first, of course, was Gene Wilder in the original 1971 film; after that was a stoned George Bush version played by Johnny Depp. (I mean, I can kind of see the resemblance.) Regardless, Chalamet is one of the most talented actors of his generation, so I’m excited to see his take on Willy Wonka.
Paul King (Paddington) will direct from the screenplay he wrote with Simon Farnaby (with prior writers including Simon Rich, Simon Stephenson, Jeff Nathanson and Steven Levenson). David Heyman is producing through his Heyday Films. Luke Kelly is also producing, with Michael Siegel and Alexandra Derbyshire executive producing.
Wonka is set to be released March 17, 2023 in theaters everywhere.
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Keilin Huang is a freelance writer that likes the Oxford comma, reading from her neverending pile of books from the library, and Reeses peanut butter cups. She thanks her Dad for introducing her to his Superman comics and probably majored in Journalism because of Lois Lane.