Things only get better for Timothee Chalamet.
The 25-year-old Oscar nominee, who portrayed Elio in 2017’s breakout indie film ‘Call Me By Your Name’ has been confirmed to play fictional chocolate inventor and maker, Willy Wonka in the Warner Bros. adaptation, ‘Wonka’.
According to Deadline, the developing film will center on a young Wonka and his adventures prior to opening the world’s most famous chocolate factory. For the first time in the short period of Chalamet’s career, he will sing and dance as several musical numbers are expected to appear in the film.
Paul King is directing while David Heyman produces via his Heyday Films production banner. Luke Kelly is also producing with Michael Siegel and Alexandra Derbyshire executive producing.
The Wonka franchise was first adapted on the big screen by the same Warner Bros. in the 1971 Gene Wilder vehicle ‘Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory’. Later in 2005, Johnny Depp also recreated the character in ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ for the reboot directed by Tim Burton.
Production for the film is expected to commence in September and released in theatres on March 7, 2023.
Chalamet, who recently wrapped up production on Adam McKay’s ‘Don’t Look Up’ opposite Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence and Meryl Streep will next appear in Denis Villeneuve’s ‘Dune’, which will debut in theatres by the end of this year. He will also star in Wes Anderson’s comedic drama ‘The French Dispatch’ opposite three-time Oscar winner Frances McDormand. He has also been cast as Bob Dylan in the Searchlight biopic ‘Going Electric’.