WONKA trailer – Timothee Chalamet stars as Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka in a prequel story

WONKA trailer – Timothee Chalamet stars as Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka in a prequel story

Based on the extraordinary character at the center of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl’s most iconic children’s book and one of the best-selling children’s books of all time, WONKA tells the wondrous story of how the world’s greatest inventor, magician and chocolate-maker became the beloved Willy Wonka we know today.

From Paul King, writer/director of the PADDINGTON films, David Heyman, producer of HARRY POTTER, GRAVITY, FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM, and PADDINGTON, and producers Alexandra Derbyshire (the PADDINGTON films, JURASSIC WORLD: DOMINION) and Luke Kelly (Roald Dahl’s THE WITCHES), comes an intoxicating mix of magic and music, mayhem and emotion, all told with fabulous heart and humor. Starring Timothée Chalamet in the title role, this irresistibly vivid and inventive big screen spectacle will introduce audiences to a young Willy Wonka, chock-full of ideas and determined to change the world one delectable bite at a time—proving that the best things in life begin with a dream, and if you’re lucky enough to meet Willy Wonka, anything is possible.

Starring alongside Chalamet are Calah Lane (THE DAY SHALL COME), Emmy and Peabody Award winner Keegan-Michael Key (THE PROM, SCHMIGADOON), Paterson Joseph (VIGIL, NOUGHTS + CROSSES), Matt Lucas (PADDINGTON, LITTLE BRITAIN), Mathew Baynton (GHOSTS), Oscar nominee Sally Hawkins (THE SHAPE OF WATER, the PADDINGTON films, SPENCER), Rowan Atkinson (the JOHNNY ENGLISH and MR. BEAN films, LOVE, ACTUALLY), Jim Carter DOWNTON ABBEY), with Oscar winner Olivia Colman (THE FAVOURITE). The film also stars Natasha Rothwell (WHITE LOTUS), Rich Fulcher (MARRIAGE STORY, DISENCHANTMENT), Rakhee Thakrar (SEX EDUCATION), Tom Davis (PADDINGTON 2) and Kobna Holdbrook-Smith (PADDINGTON 2).

Simon Farnaby (PADDINGTON 2) & Paul King wrote the screenplay, based on a story by King and characters created by Roald Dahl. Neil Hannon of the band The Divine Comedy is writing original songs for the film. Check out the new trailer below and tell us your thoughts in the comments.

WONKA hits theaters December 15, 2023

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