Timothée Chalamet as Willy Wonka Is, Apparently, Social Media's Golden Ticket

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As the great Willy Wonka—well, William Shakespeare first, but later, Wonka—once quipped, “So shines a good deed in a weary world.”

This week, that good deed has been provided than none other than the also-great Timothée Chalamet, who shared with us a first look of himself in costume as Willy Wonka. (If you haven't heard, the Dune and Call Me By Your Name actor is set to star as the candyman in Wonka, an upcoming prequel to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.) In the film, Chalamet will explore how the character, previously played by Gene Wilder and Johnny Depp in earlier films, came to run the titular chocolate factory and met the rowdy Oompa Loompas. Even more, it'll be a musical, so all of the Timmy stans can enjoy a good ol' song and dance from our dear friend. Sounds like a good deal, right?

"It's not mining the darker emotions in life," Chalamet recently said of the role. "It's a celebration of being off-centre and of being OK with the weirder parts of you that don't quite fit in."

Unfortunately, we have to wait until March 17, 2023 to actually see Chalamet in full swing as the chaotic-good Wonka. But even just the sight of Chalamet in full costume, looking like a rerun of The Christmas Carol come to life, has social media riffing, joking, and thirsting, as per usual. We put together the best reactions to Chalamet as Wonka for your enjoyment on this fine Monday.

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