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Tom Holland and Timothée Chalamet in the running for role as young Willy Wonka in new film

Warner Bros. is working on a new film about Willy Wonka. We got to know the character as the director of the chocolate factory in the book Charlie and the Choclate Factory from Roald Dahl. But in the new movie Wonka we will get to know Willy Wonka in his younger years. And for that role, two popular actors are currently in the running.

Most people obviously know Willy Wonka as Johnny Depp in the movie Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Tim Burton from 2005 or as Gene Wilder from the film adaptation of Roald Dahl’s 1971 book. But soon we will get to know the director of the chocolate factory in a very different way.


At present, Warner Bros. has been working on a new film about Willy Wonka’s life for almost five years now. The movie named Wonka , will – if all goes according to plan – be released on March 17, 2023. It is directed by Paul King, who recently Paddington made. David Heyman will be involved in the film as a producer. He was also a producer for the films of Harry Potter.

Various names were already mentioned for the lead role in 2018. Then it was about Ryan Gosling, Donald Glover and Ezra Miller, among others. But in the meantime we are three years later and the production seems to have shortened the list to two contenders.

Tom Holland or Timothée Chalamet

According to Collider sources, Warner Bros. currently Tom Holland and Timothée Chalamet are aiming for the role. Tom Holland is of course known for his role as Spider-Man in the films of The Avengers.

You may know Timothée Chalament as Elio from Call Me By Your Name or Nic explains Beautiful Boy. Later this year he will also appear in one of the lead roles in Dune from Denis Villeneuve.


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