Timothée Chalamet’s Wonka looks… exactly like you’d expect

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Timothée Chalamet has shared the first official look at Wonka, the upcoming Charlie and the Chocolate Factory prequel set to hit theaters in 2023.

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the dune actor tweeted She also posted an image of herself in costume as the eponymous chocolatier, and another image on Instagram, presumably showing her character opening a secret compartment hidden within her famous cane.

The illustrations serve as the first official glimpse of the film, which is being helmed by Paddington director Paul King. Like Mel Stuart and Tim Burton’s adaptations of Roald Dahl’s 1964 novel before it, Wonka’s story would be told as a musical.

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Chalamet accompanied his Instagram post (below) with the caption, “The suspense is awful, I hope it lasts,” in reference to Gene Wilder’s interpretation of Wonka in the 1971 film, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

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Unlike its predecessors, however, King’s film will follow the titular character and his adventures before opening the world’s most famous chocolate factory – Dahl’s novel includes a narrative premise beyond the occasional allusions to Wonka’s troubled childhood. Not there.

Principal photography on the film, which is also scheduled to star Keegan-Michael Key, Sally Hawkins, Rowan Atkinson, Olivia Colman and Jim Carter, reportedly began in September 2021, and has a release date of March 17, 2023. It has been determined.


Analysis: Can Chalamet breathe new life into Willy Wonka?

Given the Hollywood adaptations that followed Dahl’s novel, the author’s original story is now a decidedly well-played tale, and it’s no surprise that audiences didn’t bite for another Wonka adaptation at all. are.

Nevertheless, Paul King’s film, being a prequel story that we can only assume has not been told before, seems to contain the potential for genius. could Breathe new life into the iconic character.

King has a history of successfully adapting famous children’s stories into incredibly watchable films – his Paddington Adventures were two of the best-received films of the past decade – while Chalamet, who starred in the likes of Donald Glover, Ezra Miller and saw the competition. Tom Holland is arguably Hollywood’s most sought-after leading man for the lead role.

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Still, you can’t help but feel that if the movie is to be a success then Wonka’s talented cast and crew will have to try something dramatically different with this sacred IP.

Chalamet, in particular, would do well to depart from the ultra-whimsical (but nonetheless brilliant) interpretations offered to him by both Wilder and Johnny Depp, if only to give audiences an entirely unique – and therefore more compelling – character. Carry it on

However, it must be said that seeing Chalamet as “the idiot Mozart of chocolate” doesn’t exactly scream ‘different’ upon first sight. The character’s costume appears to be similar to those worn by old-fashioned Wonka, and its music-based story suggests that we won’t be treated to a dark origin story in the vein of Todd Phillips’ Joker (which, in fairness). I think, a good move).

That being said, King and co. can surprise us with a dramatic interpretation like Tim Burton’s Sweeney Todd, or the more subtle sing-along-adventure la Damien Chazelle’s La La Land.

If anything, let’s just hope Wonka isn’t another cat.

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