Timothée Chalame is set to play the iconic candy mogul Willy Wonka in Warner Bros and the Roald Dahl Story Co.’s forthcoming movie, “Wonka.” Based on characters created by Roald Dahl, the story will focus on a young Willy Wonka and his adventures prior to opening the world’s most famous chocolate factory. Chalamet will reportedly show off his dancing and singing skills with several musical numbers set to appear in the film. The film will hit theaters on March 17, 2023.
This marks the third time Warner Bros has taken on the Wonka story, with the previous versions being adaptations of Dahl’s classic novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. The first one, in 1971, starred Gene Wilder as Wonka, and the second in 2005 starred Johnny Depp in the role. While plot details are unknown, the new pic will be an origin tale of the character.
For Chalamet, the Oscar nominee has avoided the tentpole pic over the years with his upcoming Dune adaptation being his first true venture into the genre. This film will also give him a possible franchise as well. Later this year, Chalamet will be seen starring in Denis Villeneuve’s Dune Legendary, Wes Anderson’s The French Dispatch opposite Frances McDormand, and Adam McKay’s Don’t Look Up opposite Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence.