It has been confirmed that Timothée Chalamet will play the role of Willy Wonka in an upcoming prequel film. It will explore the younger days of the iconic character. The Dune star has long been rumoured to have taken the iconic role, but yesterday (May 24th) Deadline confirmed the news.
Reportedly, the film will follow Wonka’s journey before opening the wondrous chocolate factory. Allegedly, the film will also contain song and dance numbers, offering something new for Chalamet.
Entitled Wonka, the flick will be directed by Paddington‘s Paul King, who has co-written the screenplay actor Simon Farnaby. Harry Potter’s David Heyman is set to produce.
Rumours of a Willy Wonka prequel have abounded for years, with the likes of Ryan Gosling, Donald Glover, Ezra Miller and Tom Holland all previously linked to the role of Roald Dahl’s iconic inventor.
Chalamet will have big boots to fill. Gene Wilder most famously played the character in 1971’s Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, where Wilder really made Wonka his own. Following that, in 2005, Johnny Depp filled the boots of the eccentric in Tim Burton’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
In February this year, Chalamet adopted the role of Edward Scissorhands‘ son in a Cadillac advert. He featured alongside Winona Ryder, who co-starred alongside Johnny Depp in Tim Burton’s 1990 film.
In what is set to be a busy year for Chalamet, he is also reported to be reuniting with Luca Guadagnino, director of Call Me By Your Name for his new film Bones & All, which explores a woman’s cannibalistic desires. He is reportedly set to co-star alongside Taylor Russell.
Wonka is set for a March 17th, 2023 release in cinemas.
For now, watch Timothée Chalamet appear as Edward Scissorhands, below.