Timothee Chalamet's the new chocolatier in town.
The children's book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was published by Roald Dahl in 1964. Charlie Bucket and his grandfather visit Willy Wonka's renowned chocolatier in the book.
A number of movies were made as a result of the tale's instant classic status. The very talented Gene Wilder plays the title character in the first, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.
The following movie, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory starred the incredibly eccentric Johnny Depp.
This brings us to 2021 and the declaration of the third live-action movie based on the legendary book by Roald Dahl. Warner Bros. Pictures' Wonka is a reboot movie that will give us a look into the chocolatier's beginnings before he became the Wonka we've come to know over time.
We're going to explain everything we know about the movie here. Who is the leading man in the movie? Who is producing and directing it? Is there a release date for the movie? All questions will be answered below!
The forthcoming Willy Wonka movie was slated to premiere on March 17, 2023. It was delayed, nevertheless, as the COVID-19 epidemic caused issues for Hollywood with production and the gradual return of moviegoers. The movie Wonka will hit theatres on December 15, 2023.
Wonka's debut trailer was released on July 11, 2023. The trailer shows us a youthful Willy Wonka on his quest to open his own chocolate factory in pretty great detail. The movie closely resembles the tone of the Paddington movies and has the whimsical quality you'd anticipate in a tale about the wide-eyed candy maker.
Warner Bros. released every movie on their 2020 release schedule simultaneously in theatres and on HBO Max. Later in 2021, the studio switched to a 45-day release window, during which the movies were only available in theatres for one and a half months. As of 2022, the business has gradually reverted to normal. Before a movie lands on Max, it typically takes at least three months. It's likely that Wonka won't be streaming online until the spring of 2024.
Timothée Chalamet will portray Willy Wonka in the film. The talented young actor recently completed a successful 2021 that included roles in Don't Look Up, The French Dispatch, and Paul Atreides in Dune: Part One as well as Zeffirelli in Dune: Part One. Warner Bros. first considered Tom Holland for the role of Willy Wonka before settling on Chalamet.
Keegan-Michael Key, another cast member, commended Chalamet's performance and said:
“There’s this wonderful effortlessness about how he plays Wonka, not to mention the fact that there’s this hopeful quality that he gives the character, a kind of indomitable quality that he’ll never quit, he’s always up for the next thing. He’s like, ‘OK, that didn’t work out? We’ll do this and we’ll try something else'. And Timothée Chalamet, what can I say? Sacrébleu! This kid, you know, he drips charisma and a wonderful confidence. He’s just a really delicious artist.”
Chalamet reflected on his thoughts about the role, saying:
“I hate to say it, but the dream as an artist is to throw whatever the f**k you want at the wall, you know? And I guess what I’m realizing is that one’s personal life, one’s adult life, can be quite boring and the artist’s life can still be extraordinary.”
Keegan-Michael Key, Tom Davis, Hugh Grant, Simon Farnaby, Kobna Holdbrook-Smith, Mathew Baynton, Jim Carter, Sally Hawkins, Olivia Colman, Rowan Atkinson, and Rich Fulcher will all appear alongside Timothée Chalamet in the film. Although we don't yet know anything about these supporting actors, the cast's abundance of outstanding artists is enough for us to be intrigued.
Yes! It has been formally announced that Wonka will be a musical film. Chalamet discussed the Abbey Road song recording in a TIME interview. Chalamet's singing was also briefly shown in a video taken on the Wonka set. The actor disclosed that the movie features seven amazing musical numbers by him.
Willy Wonka is an eccentric but imaginative genius. In the books Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and its follow-up, Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator, the character debuted. The candy manufacturer is a mystery to people around him and continuously uses his eccentricity and unconventional thinking to strengthen his brand.
In the 1971 film adaption and again in 2005, Gene Wilder and Johnny Depp respectively played the role. While many facets of Wonka's personality are well-known, much of his past has remained a mystery. The movie from 2023 fills the gap. The movie will finally explain how and why Willy Wonka became passionate about candy after meeting the Oompa Loompas.
No, Wonka is a reboot and has nothing to do with the roles that Gene Wilder and Johnny Depp played. Though Chalamet's portrayal of the character may have drawn inspiration from previous movies, those fictional settings are not where this story is set.
The movie will be directed by Paul King (Paddington), who also penned the script with Simon Farnaby (Paddington 2). Executive producers Michael Siegel (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) and Alexandra Derbyshire (Paddington) will support Wonka along with producers David Heyman (The Harry Potter series) and Luke Kelly (The Witches).