Timothée Chalamet cast as young Willy Wonka.

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Wonka finds it’s Wonka in oscar-nominee Timothée Chalamet.

The WB’s Wonka has cast its leading man in Timothée Chalamet. The project has been in pre-production for a while but struggled to find it’s leading man, until now. Deadline reports Chalamet has been the top choice for a long time, but scheduling conflicts had left his ability to sign on up in the air.

The film, which is to be co-written and directed by Paul King (writer/director of the Paddington films), will feature musical numbers, marking a first for Chalamet. Production will take place in the UK, with a release date set for 2023.

This will mark the third big screen portrayal of the mysterious factory owner, with both Gene Kelly and Johnny Depp previously wearing the purple top hat, but it’s not the only Wonka adaptation currently in the works. Taika Waititi is working with Netflix on two oompa-loompa prequel projects, though it’s unclear if Mr Wonka will make an appearance in these.

There are a number of people still firmly in camp ‘we don’t need a Wonka prequel story’, but with cast and crew like this… it might be good?

More on the films production as we hear it.

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