Our beloved Timothée Chalamet is making 2021 his year. Between a Call Me By Your Name sequel, his highly-anticipated role as Paul Atriedes in the remake of Frank Herbet's iconic novel, Dune and the covetable portrayal of Bob Dylan in the biopic, Going Electric, his schedule is virtually filled to the brim. In true Timothée Chalamet style, internet stans spent countlass months speculating about the actors latest role as the infamous factory owner, Willy Wonka. Finally, it has been confirmed that Chalamet will be the films' leading man in the upcoming origin film, Wonka.
Deadline officially confirmed the news overnight, after much deliberation on whether Chalamet or Marvel Universe star Tom Holland would be the final pick. According to reports, Warner Bros. was so set on selecting Chalamet in the end, that they actually held production to accomodate his schedule – which, as we know, is chaotic.
While you might be wondering, "why would the universe possibly need a third Willy Wonka film?", we have five words for you – Timothée Chalamet singing and dancing. It's basically the musical theatre production of our dreams. Paul King, who was the director behind Paddington, is set to film the movie based on a script by Simon Farnaby. David Heyman and Luke Kelly will serve as producers and Michael Siegel and Alexandra Derbyshire as executive producers.
The focus on Chalamet and previously Holland presents a very different casting narrative to that speculated when news of the film was first announced. Originally, Donald Glover, Ryan Gossling and Ezra Miller were pipped to star in the Warner Bros. adaptation, but as we now know, the three actors are no longer connected to the project.
The motion pictures company has been working for nearly five years on their own interpretation of the 'King of Candy', which will reportedly focus on a younger version of the titular confectioner – making Chalamet a clear match.
Rehearsals for Wonka have officially started, per an Instagram story shared by Chalamet. The film will be released on March 17, 2023, so please do not hold your breath for this one!