Timothée Chalamet will play Willy Wonka in an upcoming origin story film called Wonka. The Academy Award-nominated actor has been mentioned as a potential Wonka candidate since the origin flick was first announced, with Deadline breaking the news Monday morning that he had officially been cast.
To be directed by Paddington helmer Paul King, the film reportedly will be a musical, giving Chalamet a chance to show off his singing and dancing chops on screen for the first time. The 25-year-old star is probably best known for his work in films like Little Women, Lady Birdy, and Call Me by Your Name, the latter of which earned him an Oscar nomination for Best Actor.
The classic Roald Dahl character has previously been depicted on screen in two high-profile film adaptions, first portrayed by Gene Wilder in 1971's Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, then by Johnny Depp in Tim Burton's 2005 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
There were no specifics on the story for this new film, only that it will be an origin story, which left Twitter to fill in the blanks with some joking suggestions.
Excited to learn about the labor dispute that led Wonka to fire his employees and enslave the Oompa Loompas. https://t.co/tK24ukDmsg— Scott Tobias (@scott_tobias) May 24, 2021
The central tension in the plot: Wonka needs tiny hands to make his candy, the government won't let him hire children— jere jazzy pilapil (@swingdingaling) May 24, 2021
Heard a rumor it's set in Thatcher-era Scotland and focuses on Wonka discovering candy making as a way to cope with the PTSD he developed during the Falklands War.— Art Vandelay (@artvandal_17) May 24, 2021
Meanwhile, Chalamet will be all over the big screen (and streaming services) this year, with three new movies set to come out, including an epic new adaptation of Dune. So, like Augustus Gloop in the chocolate river, the world will surely be getting its fill of Chalamet.