There’s been a lot of rumors swirling around about the possibility of Timothée Chalamet playing the young Willy Wonka, and Warner Bros. finally made it official. The Oscar-nominated actor has been cast as the eccentric chocolate factory owner in the upcoming origins tale.
According to Deadline, the promising project will center on a young Willy Wonka and his adventures before he started running the world’s most famous chocolate factory. This will also mark the first time that we see Chalamet show off his singing and dancing skills.
This will be Warner Bros.’ third take on Roald Dahl’s classic novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which introduced the world to the peculiar inventor and chocolate maker. The first adaptation Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory from 1971 saw Gene Wilder playing Wonka, and Johnny Depp later took on the role in Tim Burton’s adaptation from 2005.
In addition to Willy Wonka’s origins tale, Chalamet is currently attached to several more movies. He’s set to appear in Denis Villeneuve’s star-studded adaptation of Dune, and we’ll also get to see him in Wes Anderson’s The French Dispatch and Adam McKay’s Don’t Look Up later this year.