Timothee Chalamet has been tapped to portray a young Willy Wonka in an upcoming prequel film from Warner Bros. titled Wonka. The musical will explore the fictional candy maker from Roald Dahl’s book before he opens up his signature chocolate factory. Gene Wilder portrayed Willy Wonka in 1971’s Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, and then Johnny Depp then portrayed the character in director Tim Burton’s 2005 version, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
Paddington director Paul King is helming Wonka, with David Heyman (Harry Potter) producing and Simon Rich writing the script. Wonka is tentatively set to debut in theaters on March 17, 2023.
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