While 2021 is shaping up to be a musical-heavy year at the movies, there are certainly more to come beyond this year. One project in development is a prequel to the famous Roald Dahl novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, a musical film planned to be released in 2023.
This as-yet-untitled movie will tell the story of candymaker Willy Wonka prior to the Golden Ticket contest and subsequent tour of his famed chocolate factory central to Dahl’s book. It is unknown exactly which time period(s) of his life it will cover, but the recent casting announcement of who will play the man himself may provide a hint.
Timothee Chalamet is Willy Wonka
It was revealed this week that Timothee Chalamet has been cast as Willy Wonka in the upcoming prequel. (Previously it was rumored the role was down to him and current Spider-Man actor Tom Holland.) Chalamet has become a big name over the past several years from starring in films such as Lady Bird, Little Women, and the upcoming Dune.
The casting of Chalamet (who is currently 25 and will likely be 27 by the time the film comes out) in the lead role indicates the story will focus on Wonka in his 20’s and possibly his teen years. As such, it seems likely that it will focus on his early adulthood and rise to prominence in the candy-making world.
It’s unknown whether this project will serve as a prequel to the book or one of the previous films based on it. Both 1971’s Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and 2005’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory are also musicals, and the latter provided backstory on Wonka via flashback scenes to his childhood as the son of a strict dentist who disapproved of his passion for sweets.
The upcoming Willy Wonka musical prequel is currently set for a 2023 release. What do you think of Timothee Chalamet in the Willy Wonka role? Are you excited for this project? Let us know in the comment section below or over on our social media!