Timothee Chalamet to star as young Willy Wonka in Warner Bros. Movie prequel, ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’

Hollywood Actor Timothee Chalamet will star in Warner Bros. ‘Wonka’, a big-screen musical reimagining Roald Dahl’s classic children’s book ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’.

Chalamet will play the world’s most famous chocolatier in the musical based on the early life of the fictional character Willy Wonka.


Though the plot details have been kept under wraps, the Warner Bros. prequel film will explore the upbringing of the man who later created the famous house of confectionary treats. Representatives for Chalamet confirmed that he will be singing and dancing in the movie.

Production is anticipated to begin in September, with the movie scheduled to release on March 17, 2023.

Gene Wilder portrayed the candy man in the 1971 movie adaptation titled ‘Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory’, and Johnny Depp later embodied the role in the 2005 reboot ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,’ directed by Tim Burton.

Burton’s retelling briefly explored Willy Wonka’s backstory, including his candy-hating, dentist father, as well as meeting the Oompa Loompa’s that keep his factory running.

Apart from ‘Wonka’, Chalamet has several movies in the channel including Denis Villeneuve’s ‘Dune’ adaptation, the Wes Anderson comedic drama ‘The French Dispatch’, and Adam McKay’s star-studded disaster movie ‘Don’t Look Up’. He is also set to portray Bob Dylan in the Searchlight biopic ‘Going Electric’.