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Willy Wonka will be played by Timothée Chalamet in an origin narrative

Willy Wonka will be played by Timothée Chalamet in a musical based on Roald Dahl's eccentric chocolatier's early life.

(AP) — NEW YORK (AP) —
Willy Wonka will be played by Timothée Chalamet in a musical based on Roald Dahl’s eccentric chocolatier’s early life.

The 25-year-old Chalamet will star in “Wonka,” according to Warner Bros. and the Roald Dahl Story Co. The film would “focus on a youthful Willy Wonka and his exploits leading up to the opening of the world’s most famous chocolate factory,” according to the studio.

Paul King (“Paddington,” “Paddington 2”) will direct from a script he co-wrote with Simon Farnaby, and David Heyman (“Harry Potter”) will produce. Warner Bros. announced a March 2023 release date earlier this year.

“Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,” based on Roald Dahl’s popular novel, starred Gene Wilder in 1971. Johnny Depp starred as Willy Wonka in Tim Burton’s 2005 remake, which grossed $475 million worldwide for Warner Bros.

Taika Waititi (“Jojo Rabbit,” “Thor: Ragnarok”) is working on two unique Netflix animated programmes, one based on the universe of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” and the other on the Oompa-Loopmas.

Chalamet, who was nominated for an Academy Award for his performance in Luca Guadagnino’s “Call Me By Your Name,” has a number of high-profile films coming up, including Denis Villeneuve’s “Dune,” Wes Anderson’s “The French Dispatch,” Adam McKay’s “Don’t Look Up,” and Guadagnino’s “Bones & All.”

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