Timothée Chalamet has shared the first look of his version of a younger Willy Wonka in the upcoming Charlie and the Chocolate Factory prequel, Wonka.
Chalamet shared the image on Twitter of his character behind a camera on the set of the film that is set to open on March 17, 2023.
This first look arrives shortly after Warner Bros. revealed the cast for the film and announced that filming on the project had begun. Alongside Chalamet, the cast includes Rowan Atkinson, Keegan Michael-Key, Jim Carter, Mathew Baynton, Olivia Colman, Tom Davis, Simon Farnaby, Rich Fulcher, Sally Hawkins, Kobna Holdbrook-Smith, Paterson Joseph, Calah Lane, Matt Lucas, Colin O’Brien, Natasha Rothwell, Rakhee Thakrar, and Ellie White.
The film will be directed by Paddington director Paul King, and many of the actors, including Davis, Farnaby, Hawking, Lucas, and Holdbrook-Smith, have all appeared in at least one Paddington film.
Wonky will serve as a prequel to Roald Dahl’s 1964 novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and Chalamet will be the third actor to take on the legendary role following both Gene Wilder and Johnny Depp.
With Wonka, Chalamet will soon add another book adaptation to his resume that includes the upcoming Dune, where he is playing the starring role of Paul Atreides.