Dune actor Timothée Chalamet is set to star in the highly anticipated prequel that has been in the works for the past five years.
Every childhood story at least features a passing mention of the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory film whether it be the 1971 version or the more recent one from 2005. Clearly, audiences felt like it was time for the character to be revamped or at least brought back. Cue the drum roll because there is still a lot of story to be told with Paul King’s Wonka. The movie is slated to release on December 15, 2023, ScreenRant reports.
A Warner Bros. undertaking, the film will focus on what happened to chocolatier Willy Wonka before he became famous. The Gene Wilder and Johnny Depp iterations only show him terrorizing little children out of his chocolate factory. This version will see Dune’s Timothée Chalamet frolicking as a young Willy Wonka trying to make it in the world. Chalamet posted a first look of the character from the production location in England, including Bath, London, and Oxford. Viewers can see him don the iconic hat and jacket worn previously by only two people.
The film was originally slated to release on March 17, 2023. While the production company made no official statement why it was postponed for a December release, many suspect the COVID-19 pandemic may have led to significant delays in production.
In this release date slot, it will be in the prime time for a usually competitive end-of-year box office.
New Warner Bros release dates:— Rotten Tomatoes (@RottenTomatoes) March 9, 2022
BLACK ADAM - from 07/29/22 to 10/21/22
THE FLASH - from 11/04/22 to 06/23/23
AQUAMAN - from 12/16/22 to 03/17/23
WONKA - from 03/17/23 to 12/15/23
SHAZAM! FURY OF THE GODS - from 06/02/23 to 12/16/22 pic.twitter.com/54ZoVDdoLB
As briefly mentioned above, the film will be a prequel to Wonka’s accomplishments from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Many suspected that the film would take quite a dark turn considering the morbid past of the character but the studio and cast assured audiences that they will keep it light.
Additionally, the film is also expected to show us how the chocolatier fell in love with the sugary sweets and the craft itself. Since this film is also slated to be a musical, it would definitely be interesting to see Chalamet sharpen his vocal reeds and join in on some large dance sequences.
There would be more light on this once Warner Bros. Pictures releases the trailer and we can see exactly what the hype will be about.
Timothee Chalamet Shares ‘Wonka’ First Look https://t.co/k6VGRa0Gqw— The Hollywood Reporter (@THR) October 10, 2021
Call Me By Your Name star Timothée Chalamet will be leading the cast followed by Key & Peele's Keegan-Michael Key, Heartstopper's Olivia Colman, Sex Education's Rakhee Thakrar, and the iconic Mr. Bean actor, Rowan Atkinson. The Shape of Water star Sally Hawkins is also part of the cast and she previously worked with Wonka's director Paul King and screenwriter, Simon Farnaby on the Paddington movies.
‘Wonka’: Warner Bros Movie Adds Sally Hawkins, Rowan Atkinson, Olivia Colman & Jim Carter https://t.co/cdo5QpLEQl— Deadline Hollywood (@DEADLINE) September 29, 2021
Wonka is set to arrive in theatres on December 15, 2023.