Actor Timothee Chalamet is set to play a young Willy Wonka in an upcoming Warner Bros production.
Amid a landscape of Cruella De Vil reboots and Maleficent humanisations, Oscar nominee, Timothee Chalamet will be playing the famous Chocolatier in a prequel film set to be released in 2023.
According to IMDB, the plot follows “a young Willy Wonka and how he met the Oompa-Loompas on one of his earliest adventures.”
While there aren’t many film details yet, reps for Chalamet confirm that he will be singing and dancing – oh god.
Based on the script written by Simon Rich, the film will be directed by Paul King, known for directing and writing the Paddington movies.
David Heyman will produce the prequel, whose previous credits include the Harry Potter franchise, the Paddington and movies and Marriage Story.
Previously, Tom Holland was rumoured to be in the running for the role, before it was given to Chalamet.
Timothée Chamalet be looking good here 👀 pic.twitter.com/GWSnugbZml
— jare ✨ (@shortiejare) May 24, 2021
Gene Wilder first portrayed Wonka in the 1971 movie adaptation ‘Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.’
Johnny Depp later played the role of Wonka in the 2005 reboot “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” directed by Tim Burton. As both performances were highly acclaimed, fans are hoping that Chalamet does the iconic role justice.
me auditioning to be a bar of chocolate in Timothee Chalamet’s Willy Wonka film pic.twitter.com/feeuqmJAZA
— amy (@ch3rrytpwk) May 24, 2021
The internet’s response has been surprisingly subdued, considering the growing backlash towards tired remakes of once-famous films.
Personally, we’re not that keen – I couldn’t care less about how Willy Wonka colonised Loompa land.