Timothée Chalamet to play Willy Wonka in origin story

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NEW YORK (AP) — Timothée Chalamet will play Willy Wonka in a musical based mostly on the early lifetime of Roald Dahl’s eccentric chocolatier.

Warner Bros. and the Roald Dahl Story Co. introduced Monday that the 25-year-old Chalamet will star in “Wonka.” The studio mentioned the movie will “deal with a younger Willy Wonka and his adventures previous to opening the world’s most well-known chocolate manufacturing facility.”

Paul King (“Paddington,” “Paddington 2”) will direct from a script he wrote with Simon Farnaby, with “Harry Potter” producer David Heyman producing. Warner Bros. earlier this yr set a launch date in March 2023.

Gene Wilder starred in 1971’s “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Manufacturing facility,” based mostly on Dahl’s celebrated guide. In Tim Burton’s 2005 reboot, Johnny Depp performed Wonka in a Warner Bros. launch that grossed $475 million worldwide.

Taika Waititi (“Jojo Rabbit,” “Thor: Ragnarok”) is individually making a pair of animated sequence for Netflix, one centered on the world of “Charlie and the Chocolate Manufacturing facility” and one based mostly on the Oompa-Loopmas.

Chalamet, the Oscar-nominated star of Luca Guadagnino’s “Name Me By Your Title,” has a lot of high-profile initiatives upcoming, together with Denis Villenueve’s “Dune,” Wes Anderson’s “The French Dispatch,” Adam McKay’s “Do not Look Up” and Guadagnino’s “Bones & All.”

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