Timothée Chalamet is our next Willy Wonka. In January, it was reported that Chalamet was in consideration along with Spider-Man actor Tom Holland to star in Wonka, a Charlie and the Chocolate Factory prequel that will follow a “young Willy Wonka and his adventures prior to opening the world’s most famous chocolate factory.”
Per a new report by Deadline, The film will feature several musical numbers and will “mark the first time Chalamet gets to show off his singing and dancing skills” on film.
The actor’s name has revolved around the project for some time, with the publication saying “scheduling” was the biggest hurdle to overcome in getting him attached.
Paddington‘s Paul King is directing Chalamet as Wonka using a screenplay co-written with Simon Farnaby; previous versions of the script were worked on by Simon Rich, Simon Stephenson, Jeff Nathanson, and Steven Levenson.
David Heyman will produce under his Heyday Films banner alongside Luke Kelly, and Michael Siegel will executive produce.
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This won’t be the first time Chalamet has followed in Depp’s footsteps. In a Super Bowl commercial that also featured Winona Ryder reprising her role from Edward Scissorhands, Chalamet played the son of Depp’s character from that classic Tim Burton movie.
Of course, Wonka isn’t quite the same thing, as it’s going to be the same character Depp played, but in a separate cinematic universe.
Based on the character created by Roald Dahl, Wonka, will focus on a young Willy Wonka and his adventures prior to opening the world’s most famous chocolate factory. This also marks the first Charlie and the Chocolate Factory adaptation which will not feature Charlie Bucket, which was previously portrayed by Freddie Highmore.
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