What we know about the Willy Wonka prequel with Timothee Chalamet so far

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Timothee Chalamet has been cast in a Willy Wonka prequel story, and here are all the details you need to know.

Just when you think you've seen every origin story going (hello Cruella and Maleficient), Hollywood treats us to another. And treat just happens to be the operative word as, this time, it's Willy Wonka from Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, whose getting the prequel treatment.

And who better to play him than Timothée Chalamet? The 25-year-old actor, whose starred in multiple blockbusters including Call Me By Your Name and Little Women, has been confirmed as the young Wonka, according to Deadline.

What will Wonka be about?

While there hasn't been any plot details released (yet), Wonka is expected to delve into the chocolate-extraordinaire's younger years prior to opening his chocolate factory. Hopefully it will provide an insight into how he became quite so obsessed with chocolate.

It's worth noting that Tim Burton's 2005 adaption of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory contained brief glimpses into Wonka's childhood. We learn that Wonka is estranged from his dentist father who strictly forbade him from eating sweets as a child. Wonka then runs away from home after eating a sweet and instantly becoming hooked.

It'll be intriguing to see whether Wonka builds on Burton's narrative or strikes out with an entirely new version of events. We do know that the film is expected to contain a few musical numbers. Excitingly, this will be Timothée's first chance to show off his dancing and singing skills on the big screen.

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Who will star in Wonka?

All we know so far is that Timothée has been cast as Willy Wonka. He's the third actor to play this fascinating character and this is the third time Warner Bros have taken inspiration from Dahl's cherished children's book.

They've previously adapted it into a screenplay in 1971, when Gene Wilder was cast as Wonka, and in 2005, with Johnny Depp taking on the important role. However, this is the first time that the book's leading character, Charlie Bucket, will not feature at all.

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Photo credit: Getty Images

Is there a release date for Wonka?

No release date yet. We'll keep you posted.

Is there a trailer for Wonka?

No trailer yet either. It's early days but we can't wait to see what Timothée does with the role.

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