Warner Bros. Pictures has released the first trailer for “Wonka,” the upcoming musical feature that serves as a prequel to the classic Roald Dahl story and, more specifically, the 1971 Gene Wilder-led film adaptation of it.
Timothee Chalamet stars as a young Willy Wonka around 25 years before the events of the “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” novel and well before he became the famed chocolate factory owner.
Calah Lane, Olivia Colman, Rowan Atkinson, Keegan-Michael Key, Paterson Joseph, Matt Lucas, Mathew Baynton, Paterson Joseph, Natasha Rothwell, Jim Carter and Sally Hawkins also star, whilst Hugh Grant will play an Oompa Loompa.
“Paddington” director Paul King directed the project and co-wrote the script with Simon Farnaby. Speaking with EW, King says the 1971 film “felt like what a Willy Wonka movie should be” with this to be “like a companion piece to that movie”.
In the film, Willy opens a chocolate shop using the knowledge of sweets he has amassed from his travels. He soon finds himself facing the dangerous Chocolate Cartel – Mr. Prodnose, Mr. Fickelgruber, and Mr. Slugworth.
“Wonka” is set to open in cinemas everywhere on December 15th.
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