Timothée Chalamet follows in the footsteps of Gene Wilder and Johnny Depp by playing Willy Wonka. What do we think?
1971’s Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory is considered a classic, a musical adaption of Roald Dahl’s beloved children’s book with a glittering performance from Gene Wilder as eccentric candy magnate Willy Wonka at its center. Then came 2005’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, where Johnny Depp played Wonka as a kind of Michael Jackson-esque recluse, and it was…also a movie.
And now, we’re getting a Wonka for a new generation: it-boy Timothée Chalamet will play the character in a new origin story simply titled Wonka, from Paddington director Paul King. Do we need another Willy Wonka movie? Now that the image is here, you can decide for yourself:
That is certainly Timothée Chalamet in a top hat, a jaunty scarf and a colorful red statement coat. He kind of looks like the new Doctor on Doctor Who, honestly. Maybe he could replace Jodie Whittaker when she leaves following the upcoming thirteenth season?
Probably not, because Chalamet has a whole lot on his plate. In addition to playing Willy Wonka, he also has the lead role in Dune, which could become a franchise if the first movie performs well; it’s dropping into U.S. theaters and on HBO Max on October 22. If we’re lucky, Wonka and Dune, Part 2 will come out around the same time and Chalamet can blow our minds with his range.