Timothée Chalamet Will Play Young Willy Wonka In Upcoming Origin Story

Timothée Chalamet Will Play Young Willy Wonka In Upcoming Origin Story

Timothée Chalamet will be showing off his acting and singing skills in the upcoming origin story of Willy Wonka.

Willy Wonka is making another magical return to the big screen, this time, a bit younger.

The last time we saw Willy Wonka was in the 2005 adaptation of the Roald Dahl classic Charlie and the Chocolate Factory starring Johnny Depp. Prior to that, we saw Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka in 1971’s Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

Both adaptations chronicled Wonka in his prime, but this upcoming version will explore the origins of our favorite chocolate maker. Paddington director Paul King will helm the film with Timothée Chalamet set to play young Wonka.

Chalamet will show off his acting skills and some of his singing chops as he is set to perform a couple of musical numbers.

At the moment, not much is known about the movie and it is unclear if we can expect to see the Oompa Loompas. 

David Heyman, who has been a part of the Harry Potter Universe, is on board as producer, and Simon Rich is set to write the screenplay.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Netflix is also producing two animated shows based on the Willy Wonka stories and will all be written and directed by Taika Waititi. It will be based on the Roald Dahl books and isn't expected to deviate much from the original premise.

Netflix stated: "If Dahl had created a character of a filmmaker to adapt his work, I’m pretty sure he would have created Taika."

Before we get to see Chalamet as our favorite chocolate maker, we will be seeing him in the sci-fi epic Dune, directed by Denis Villeneuve, as well as The French Dispatch. He will also be starring alongside big names like Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence in Don’t Look Up.

There's no specified release date for the origin story nor for the Netflix animations as of yet.

Are you looking forward to seeing Chalamet as the young Willy Wonka?

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