Guess what? Willy Wonka making a comeback! They’re giving the chocolatier a prequel movie, and Timothée Chalamet’s playing the lead. It’s hitting theaters this December.
The first sneak peek of Chalamet as the young Roald Dahl character dropped recently. It shows Wonka as a kid, setting off on a mission to shake things up in the chocolate world and take down a bunch of big-shot candy makers.
Unlike just retelling the old “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” book from 1964, the writer-director Paul King cooked up a different angle. He says it’s more like a side story to the 1971 film, giving us a new look at Wonka’s early days.
A New Spin on an Old Favorite
Instead of sticking to the usual story, this movie’s about Wonka’s past. King promises Chalamet’s Wonka will be singing and dancing, and the movie will explore bits of Wonka’s life we’ve never seen before. He dug into Roald Dahl’s personal notes and early drafts of the book for inspiration.
Cast and Filming Fun
The film’s got some familiar faces: Sally Hawkins, Tom Davis, Simon Farnaby, Olivia Colman, Rowan Atkinson, Keegan-Michael Key, and a newcomer named Calah Lane. But the real surprise is Hugh Grant playing a grumpy Oompa-Loompa who plays the flute. King thought Grant’s sarcastic wit was just perfect for the role.
Most of the movie was shot indoors on studio sets, but they also filmed a few scenes in the UK. King talks about the craziness around Chalamet during filming, with fans going wild whenever they spotted him.
King’s super thankful to Chalamet for giving his all to the role. He says it was a tough shoot, especially with all the singing and dancing involved. He admires Chalamet for going for a role that’s not your typical hero—this time, it’s about wearing heeled leather boots and doing tap dancing.
Wrapping It Up
This new Wonka story sounds exciting! Director Paul King’s pumped about it, and with Timothée Chalamet dedication, it’s looking like a movie worth waiting for. Can’t wait to see Wonka back in action on the big screen!