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Wonka

Wonka
PG

1h 57m
mild threat, violence, implied bad language
In the enchanting world of "Wonka," audiences will be transported to the vivid, mythical beginnings of Willy Wonka, the ingenious inventor destined to become the scrumdiddlyumptious Mozart of chocolate. This origin story delves into Wonka's early life, exploring his magical journey from a young, imaginative inventor to the renowned chocolate-making maestro we adore. As Wonka embarks on his whimsical adventure, he finds himself confronting the formidable "Chocolate Cartel," shaking the confectionery world with his revolutionary candy concepts. Amidst the chaos, the film unveils the heartfelt bond between Wonka and his mother, shedding light on the emotional roots that fuel his creative genius. Timothée Chalamet steps into the iconic role, showcasing his singing and dancing prowess in several mesmerizing musical numbers. Audiences will be immersed in the timeless tale, blending fantasy, heart, and a sprinkle of chaos into the sweet concoction that is the legendary Willy Wonka.
Cast: Timothée Chalamet, Calah Lane, Keegan-Michael Key, Paterson Joseph, Matt Lucas, Mathew Baynton, Sally Hawkins, Rowan Atkinson, Jim Carter, Natasha Rothwell
Director(s): Paul King

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FINDING WONKA
This Christmas season, the much-anticipated Wonka is set to charm audiences with Timothée Chalamet taking on the iconic role of the chocolatier extraordinaire. Chalamet's journey to securing the part was no piece of cake, as he faced stiff competition from the renowned British actor Tom Holland during the casting process.

Director Paul King reported that initially, Holland was the top choice for Wonka. However, everything changed when he was shown a YouTube video of Chalamet singing and dancing on-stage at High School in 2012 as Timmy Tim, a rapping alter-ego created by Chalamet (take a cheeky look here). Sweetened by King's discovery, Chalamet navigated through the casting process and emerged as the preferred choice for the role of Willy Wonka. While Tom Holland came close to securing the part, he wasn't alone, as the likes of Ryan Gosling and Donald Glover were also contenders.

Assuming the role of Wonka is no small feat, especially considering the memorable portrayals by Gene Wilder in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and Johnny Depp in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, both inspired by Roald Dahl's timeless classic, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Unlike its predecessors, Wonka will diverge from the original book, providing Chalamet with a golden opportunity to redefine the character more extravagantly and enchantingly than ever before. This change promises a fresh and innovative take on the beloved character, adding a sprinkle of excitement to this scrumdiddlyumptious cinematic experience.

DID YOU KNOW?
Timothée Chalamet had to eat a lot of chocolate for this role - he even swam in real melted chocolate while filming!

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