The Wonka Prequel Stars Timothée Chalamet, Actor Receives Great Praise

by Hailey Greg
Wonka Prequel Stars Timothée Chalamet

Co-star Keegan-Michael Key thinks that Timothée Chalamet does a fantastic job portraying the famous Roald Dahl character Willy Wonka. This new movie will shed light on the enigmatic chocolatier Willy Wonka’s early life and his relationship with Charlie Bucket. Wonka’s history is left unclear in both the 1964 book and the 1971 film starring Gene Wilder, but a flashback in Tim Burton’s 2005 remake starring Johnny Depp suggests that Wonka’s fixation with sweets originated when his dentist father forbade him to consume sugar.

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The musical film was directed by Paul King and is slated for a December 15th, 2023 release. The plot is a well-guarded secret, however, it is known that Willy Wonka will have adventures before he opens his chocolate factory. Wonka also features Rowan Atkinson, Sally Hawkins, Olivia Colman, Simon Farnaby, Matt Lucas, and Natasha Rothwell.

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Key was recently available for an interview with THR on the red carpet at the launch of his new Hulu series, Reboot. They inquired about his performance in Wonka, and he spoke glowingly of Timothee Chalamet, saying that the young star “drips charm” and that there is a “beautiful effortlessness” to the way he brings this famous part to life. Get the whole quote from Key down below:

There’s a great ease to the way he portrays Wonka, and he also imbues the character with optimism and a sense of invincibility by making it clear that Wonka will never give up and is constantly eager to try something new. Chalamet’s portrayal of Wonka may not be identical to the original, but Key’s assessment of the performance as “effortless and confident” suggests that it certainly retains some of the character’s mystique. 

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Wonka’s eccentricities and the fact that his world functions under different rules than the ones the children in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory are used to seeing at work characterize him as a character. It seems that he will be keeping the character’s strangeness alive and strong in some manner, even if he will undoubtedly grow to accept some of that wonder throughout the film, particularly if it captures some of his exploits in Loompaland.

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