New Willy Wonka Prequel To Star Timothée Chalamet
Oscar nominated actor Timothée Chalamet has been cast in the role of the eccentric chocolate-maker Willy Wonka in a new film aptly called Wonka.
The film is to be directed by Paul King of Paddington fame and will be the third adaptation of the character to be published by Warner Bros.
The titular character comes from the 1964 novel by Roald Dahl, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, but the film is set to deviate by telling a new origin story of how Willy Wonka starts his business, meets the Oompa Loompas, and supposedly more.
Chalamet was selected for the title role as he was known for his versatile acting and musical talents that could lean into the strengths of what King and Warner Bros want for the production.
Discussion has already started that Wonka may be the first of a new series of films for the character potentially including a new adaptation of the original novel as well as Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator.
The first adaptation from the book was released in 1971 starring Gene Wilder and directed by Mel Stuart, which is fondly recalled as a technicolor fever dream. This year also sees the 50th anniversary of the aforementioned film release.
The second iteration was released in 2005 and saw Johnny Depp take a quirkier Manson-esque approach under the directing helm of Tim Burton.
Wonka is slated for release in 2023.