Co-star Keegan-Michael Key thinks Timothée Chalamet does a great job portraying the famous Roald Dahl character Willy Wonka. The new movie serves as a prequel to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and reveals more about the legendary chocolatier Willy Wonka. Wonka’s history is left unclear in the 1964 book and the 1971 film starring Gene Wilder. Still, 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 eat sugar.
The musical film was directed by Paul King (who also directed Paddington) and is set for release on December 15th, 2023. Although the specifics of the plot are being kept under wraps, it is known that Willy Wonka’s experiences will occur before the opening of his chocolate factory. Rowan Atkinson, Sally Hawkins, Olivia Colman, Simon Farnaby, Matt Lucas, and Natasha Rothwell are some other actors featured in Wonka.
Key recently spoke with THR on the red carpet at the opening of his new Hulu series Reboot. The actor was asked about his performance in Wonka, and he lavished praise upon young star Timothée Chalamet, saying that he drips charisma and that there is a “beautiful effortlessness” to the way that he brings this legendary role to life.
When compared to other versions of Willy Wonka, how does Chalamet’s compare?
Actor Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka
Chalamet has the task of playing Willy Wonka in a way that is true to the character that audiences have come to know and love while also adding his flair to the role. The fact that his character in the prequel film is much younger than any Wonka given before should work in his favor. This will offer him some wiggle room in imbuing the character with traits he might no longer possess by meeting young Charlie Bucket.
Even so, Key’s description of the performance as “effortless and confident” suggests that Chalamet’s Wonka retains some of the original character’s mystery. Wonka’s eccentricities and the fact that his world functions under different laws than the kids in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory are used to are essential to his character development. It appears that he will keep the character’s peculiarity alive and strong in some manner, even though he will undoubtedly come to appreciate some of that awe throughout the film, mainly if it reflects some of his adventures in Loompaland.