It was revealed yesterday that heartthrob actor Timothée Chalamet has been cast to play a young Willy Wonka in a new film.

Fans aren’t sure what to make of the decision.

According to Deadline, the new film will be an origin story.

It’s reported that the plot will feature “a young Willy Wonka and his adventures prior to opening the world’s most famous chocolate factory”.

According to multiple sources, Deadline says that Wonka will also be the first time Chalamet gets to show off his singing and dancing skills.

It’s said there will be several musical numbers set to appear in the film.


Rumors had been swirling for a while about who would get the role, and it was rumored that he was up against Tom Holland.

Deadline claims that Chalamet was the top choice for some time but scheduling was difficult.

Willy Wonka is a character from Roald Dahl’s 1964 novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

In the most famous portrayal, Gene Wilder played the role in Mel Stuart’s 1971 Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.

Somewhat controversially, Johnny Depp played him in Tim Burton’s 2005 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Fans hated the remake, and don’t understand why another film is needed.

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However, Chalamet shouldn’t take it personally, as fans seem to love him, but not the idea.

One said:  “Honestly this is great. Don’t know how anyone could be mad at Timothée being Wonka,”

Another added: “Timothée has proven multiple times that he is an extremely skilled actor, having taking on different roles with great success, so I’m sure he’ll do a good job! I’m so happy for him and I can’t wait to see his next projects.”

Someone else agreed: “Nothing against Timothée Chalamet, but I wasn’t asking for a Willy Wonka origins movie,”

As did this person: “Ugh. I like Timothée Chalamet, but we REALLY don’t need a Wonka origin story. Just as we didn’t need a Johnny Depp remake with extra background scenes.”


It’s no surprise that scheduling was a nightmare, as he has so many films coming out.

Dune, the adaptation of Frank Herbert’s novel of the same name. It’s finally scheduled to come out on 17 September in the UK and 1 October in the US following Covid delays.

He also stars in Wes Anderson’s The French Dispatch. Again, delayed by the pandemic, it’s now expected to air at the Cannes Film Festival in July.

Meanwhile, Chalamet will also be appearing in another star-studded Netflix film.

Alongside Jennifer Lawrence, Leonardo DiCaprio, Meryl Streep, and many more, the film is called Don’t Look Up, by Adam McKay.

Will you be watching?

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