Timothee Chalamet has debuted the first look of himself across social media as a young Willy Wonka in the upcoming prequel ‘Wonka.’
Plot details for ‘Wonka’ have been kept heavily under wraps, though the upcoming adaptation will centre on Willy Wonka’s earlier days and will explore how Willy Wonka became a famed candymaker. The movie has also been described as a musical, with Chalamet showing off his singing and dancing skills.
Based on Roald Dahl’s popular children’s book ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,’ the story follows a poor boy named Charlie, who is one of five youngsters to win a golden ticket to tour the world-renowned, yet highly secretive, chocolate factory run by Willy Wonka. Gene Wilder played the character in 1971’s ‘Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.’ Johnny Depp later portrayed the famed chocolatier in the Tim Burton-directed 2005 reboot.
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Burton’s version vaguely touched on his past focusing on Wonka’s father who was a dentist who loathed sugary treats of any kind. It’s also unclear whether the hardworking Oompa Loompas who later keep his sweet-filled factory running will make an appearance in the movie.
Paddington’s Paul King will take the helm on the prequel. The story will be based on a script by Simon Rich, Simon Farnaby also co-wrote. David Heyman will produce.
The film is set to be released in March 2023.
Here’s your first look at the young Willy Wonka.