Timothée Chalamet Is The New Willy Wonka In Upcoming Musical Origin Story

May 24, 2021 9.3k views

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 WomenLady 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.

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.