Date: 25th May 2021

Timothee Chalamet to play Young Willy Wonka in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Prequel.

Timothée Chalamet will play the world's most famous chocolatier in "Wonka", a musical based on the early life of Willy Wonka.

Though plot details have been kept under wraps, the Warner Bros. prequel film will explore the upbringing of the man who later created the famous house of confectionary treats. Reps for Chalamet confirm he will be singing and dancing in the movie.

"Wonka" is set to be directed by Paul King, who is best known for his work as the writer-director of the 'Paddington' films. He’s co-writing "Wonka" alongside Simon Farnaby. Obviously, this is a major film for WB and there has been a revolving door filled with writers and filmmakers that have tried to get this feature into production.

Roald Dahl's popular children's book "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" follows a poor boy named Charlie Bucket, who wins a golden ticket to tour the world-famous and heavily guarded chocolate factory run by one Willy Wonka.

Gene Wilder memorably portrayed the candy man in the 1971 movie adaptation titled "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory", and Johnny Depp later embodied the role in 2005 reboot "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory", directed by Tim Burton.

Source: Press Release