Wonka: Release date, cast, plot and everything we know about Timothée Chalamet’s Willy Wonka reboot

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Timothée Chalamet and his jawline is back, this time as the most famous candy maker in Hollywood, ‘Willy Wonka’

Warner Bros’ fantasy musical Wonka is a prequel to the original 1971 Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, adapted from Roald Dahl’s classic children’s novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Paddington fame Paul King will direct the film from a script he wrote along with Simon Farnaby (Paddington 2). David Heyman (The Harry Potter franchise) and Luke Kelly (The Witches) will be producing Wonka, alongside executive producers Michael Siegel (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) and Alexandra Derbyshire (Paddington).

Previously, Hollywood’s brightest, like Johnny Depp and Gene Wilder, has portrayed the iconic character of Willy Wonka. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory was the first Willy Wonka picture, starring the amazing Gene Wilder as the titular character, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005) was the second Willy Wonka film, starring the incredibly talented Johnny Depp.

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Here’s everything you need to know about the prequel, Wonka, starring Timothée Chalamet:

When will the Wonka release?

Warner Bros has set March 17, 2023, as the release date for Wonka as of now. However, due to production and filming delays caused by the pandemic, the release date may get pushed back.

Wonka Cast: Who’s in it?

Wonka will be played by Academy Award nominee Timothée Chalamet. Unlike the previous iterations of Willy Wonka, played by Johnny Depp and Gene Wilder, he will play a younger Willy Wonka. The actor provided us with the first look of his character via Instagram last year along with the caption “The suspense is terrible, I hope it will last…” 


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The film will be Chalamet’s first musical. The behind-the-scenes footage of Chalamet singing and dancing has been circulating since the film’s production began.

The other confirmed cast members of the Willy Wonka film include Oscar and Emmy winner Olivia Coleman, Sally Hawkins, Keegan-Michael Key, Sally Hawkins, Rowan Atkinson, and Jim Carter, among others.

Wonka Plot: What’s it about?

The official synopsis of  Wonka hasn’t been released yet. As of now, we know that Wonka is set to explore what made Willy Wonka the person we saw in the first film. It is much like the origin-movies Cruella (2021) and Cinderella (2021), the Disney reboots.

In the upcoming film, we are going to see a much younger version of Willy Wonka. During an interview with Collider in 2018, producer David Heyman confirmed that the upcoming movie is set before the events of Roald Dahl’s book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

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“We are still trying to figure out how to tell that story, what the story is, it’s a prequel, it’s not a sequel. What makes Willy — when we find him at the chocolate factory doing the golden ticket, where is he before that? What leads him to that place where he’s locked himself away? … It’s how does he get there? So we’re playing around with that, “he said.

Who is Willy Wonka?

Willy Wonka is a fictional character from Roald Dahl’s children’s novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, published in 1964, and its 1972 sequel, Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator. He’s the mysterious, magical owner of the Wonka Chocolate Factory. He’s a bit strange and eccentric, but he has a cheerful personality. Wonka’s character has been featured in a number of films.

Do we need to watch the original movies before watching Wonka?

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No, it isn’t quite necessary to watch the older movies. Wonka sure is a prequel, but it’ll act more like a reboot. Chalamet’s Wonka is a much younger version of Willy Wonka and is entirely different from the old interpretations. 

Where can you watch Wonka? Is there a trailer for Wonka?

Wonka will be released in theaters on March 17, 2023. The upcoming film’s trailer, or teaser, has yet to be revealed.