“Oompa loompa doompety doo, I’ve got a perfect puzzle for you” – would you like to see Ryan Gosling play a younger version of Willy Wonka? Word on the street is that Gosling would jump at the chance to take on the role in Warner Bros. previously announced prequel to Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.
With Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them producer, David Heyman already on board to produce, Warner are now stepping up their search to find the perfect actor between 29 and 35 to play the eccentric chocolate/candy entrepreneur and we couldn’t think of a perfect fit than Gosling to play the Oompa Loompa saviour.
Rumour has it the prequel will solely focus on the younger Wonka as he becomes acquainted with the green haired, orange skinned Oompa Loompas, In Roland Dahl’s classic book the Oompa Loompa’s come from Loompaland, which is a region of Loompa, a small isolated island in the Pacific Ocean.
The Oompa-Loompas would end up being preyed upon or attacked by Whangdoodles, Hornswogglers and Snozzwangers. Wonka ended up inviting William, an Oompa Loompa to work at his factory and get away from their natural enemies. In the book, they are the only people Willy Wonka will allow to work in his factory, because of the risk of industrial espionage committed by his candy-making rivals.
In 2005, Tim Burton remade Charlie and the Chocolate Factory which saw Johnny Depp play Wonka in a much darker version than Gene Wilder’s 1971 outing to the displeasure of many a fan of the original. Warners will need to step carefully when charging a writer to pen the script of the prequel.
Would you like to see Gosling play the beloved Willy Wonka in the prequel? What direction would you like it to take? Should Warner keep with the same musical wonder from 1971 or Burton’s darker take on Dahl’s eccentric factory owner? Leave your ideas below.