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Timothée Chalamet set for Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory

May 30th, 2021 by Marc Comments

It looks like Warner Bros have found their new Willy Wonka.

We’ve known for a while that a new take on Roald Dahl’s iconic Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is in the works and, following in the footsteps of Gene Wilder and, em, Johnny Depp, finding the new Wonka was always going to be the hard part.

As the new movie was being set up as an origins story for the character, we knew that a younger actor was being sought and now we know that Dune star Timothée Chalamet has nabbed the lead in the Roald Dahl Story Co’s new movie, Wonka.

“Based on characters created by Roald Dahl, the story will focus on a young Willy Wonka and his adventures prior to opening the world’s most famous chocolate factory. Sources also tell Deadline that Wonka will mark the first time Chalamet gets to show off his singing and dancing skills with several musical numbers set to appear in the film. He’s been the top choice for some time but scheduling was a hurdle that had to be overcome as training for those numbers is included in the prep for this film.”

The movie will be directed by Paddington’s Paul King from a script he wrote with Simon Farnaby.

We all know that Chalamet is now the third actor to take on the role but it will be Wilder’s timeless performance 1971 performance, rather than Johnny Depp’s effort in 2005. But can the young actor step up to fill those chocolate-covered (I don’t know!) shoes? We’ll all know in the next couple of years, I’d guess.


Source: Deadline

Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….