Timothée Chalamet has some big shoes to fill with his upcoming role in Wonka. While most would like to forget Johnny Depp’s creepy performance as the eccentric candymaker Willy Wonka, Gene Wilder’s is universally beloved for the 1971 movie Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory. On Chalamet’s side, he’s playing a much younger version of the character in what is a prequel to Roald Dah’s 1964 book.
A new trailer for Wonka shows Chalamet in the familiar top hat as he embarks on wild, musical adventures that spark his imagination and lead to the creation of delicious candies in his special (and dangerous) factory.
Here’s the synopsis: Starring Timothée Chalamet in the title role, this irresistibly vivid and inventive big-screen spectacle will introduce audiences to a young Willy Wonka, chock-full of ideas and determined to change the world one delectable bite at a time
Joining Chalamet are Keegan Michael-Key, Olivia Colman, Sally Hawkins, Rowan Atkinson,, Jim Carter, Matt Lucas, Natasha Rothwell, Tom Davis, Michael Baynton, Simon Farnaby, and Rich Fulcher, and Hugh Grant.
Behind the camera is Paul King, known for the universally acclaimed Paddington movies. Can he bring that same childlike spirit and wonder to the world of Everlasting Gobstoppers? We’ll find out when Wonka opens on December 15th.