Wonka movie musical set to star Timothée Chalamet, Rowan Atkinson, Olivia Colman


Timothée Chalamet is set to star in a musical movie prequel to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Titled Wonka, Timothée Chalamet will take on the lead role of the film which is reportedly set in England amid the industrial revolution in the 1800s.


Per Deadline, the musical will focus on a young Willy Wonka before he opened his iconic chocolate factory.

Sources told the publication that the film will feature “several musical numbers” which will allow Chalamet to “show off his singing and dancing skills”.

Paddington director Paul King will direct and co-write the screenplay with Simon Farnaby.

Further casting includes Rowan Atkinson, Olivia Colman and Sally Hawkins. Their roles in the movie are to be announced.

Also on the star-filled cast are Tom Davis, Simon Farnaby, Rich Fulcher, Kobna Holdbrook-Smith, Paterson Joseph, Keegan-Michael Key, Calah Lane, Matt Lucas, Colin O’Brien, Natasha Rothwell, Rakhee Thakrar and Ellie White.

A release date for the movie is currently set for March 2023.

Written by Roald Dahl, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was first published in 1964. A first movie adaptation was released in 1971 starring Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka while a 2005 remake starred Johnny Depp.

Meanwhile a stage musical adaptation of the book opened in London’s West End in 2013 before transferring to Broadway in 2017, featuring a score by Hairspray’s Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman.

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