How Timothée Chalamet managed to win the role of Willy Wonka

The fashionable actor stars in Wonka, the prequel to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Despite reports over the years that Warner Bros. was tempting actors like Donald Glover, Ezra Miller and ryan gosling To play Willy Wonka, only Timothée Chalamet was offered to be in director Paul King’s musical prequel, wonka.

According to Variety, Timothée Chalamet He didn’t even have to audition. King recently told rolling stones that he was a “fan” of Chalamet and therefore knew that the actor had “the singing and dancing skills” necessary to play Wonka.

“It was a direct offer because he is great and he was the only person I had in my head to do it. It was him or it was nobody,” King added. “But because he is Timothée Chalamet and his life is so absurd, his high school musical performances are on YouTube and have hundreds of thousands of views. That’s how I knew Timmy could sing and dance very well.”.

Timothée Chalamet as a young Willy Wonka. WB Photos

King continued: “I knew he was in his element, but I didn’t really know how good he was. When I spoke to him, he was interested and said, ‘I’d like to show people that I can do that.'”


wonka it’s a “proper” musical that looks like “a really fun hat for the golden age of MGM musicals,” King said of the project. The director is known for directing the adorable movies of paddingtonbut said that wonka it has a “very different” tone.

“I tried to have darker characters than you would find in a Paddington movie, for example,” King told rolling stones. “It’s a crueler, more evil world that Willy Wonka finds himself in, because that’s the kind of town Charlie grew up in. Unlike Paddington’s world, not everyone is nice in Roald Dahl’s universe. I definitely got to play with those grotesque ideas, but I hope I’m not hurting a generation of children.”

The poster of the film, which opens in December.

The poster of the film, which opens in December.

Willy Wonka is a fictional character, created by the British writer Roald Dahl for his children’s books. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and charlie and the great glass elevator. In the cinema he was interpreted, until now, by Gene Wilder (in 1971) and by Johnny Depp (in 2005).

Tim Burton’s version stuffed bits of the chocolatier’s childhood into it: Willy Wonka is the son of a dentist, Dr. Wilburg Wonka (Christopher Lee). Dr. Wonka’s obsession with dental hygiene leads him to forbid his son from eating chocolate or any other sweets just to eliminate the slightest possibility of his son getting cavities.

Willy Wonka, according to Johnny Depp and according to the actor of "Dune". Photos Clarín Archive

Willy Wonka, according to Johnny Depp and according to the “Dune” actor. Photos Clarín Archive

Some curiosities of the Burton film: Nestlé sent 1,850 kilos of real chocolate bars for the film. The writer Roald Dahl was a guy who hated spoiled, spoiled children and also television. More than 900,000 liters of fake chocolate were needed to fill the entire Willy Wonka factory.

When Willy Wonka first opens the factory, he cuts the loop with scissors. He then turns and opens his arms looking at one of his hands as if it were made of scissors. This in reference to his role in The Young Man with Scissorhandsfilm with Johnny Depp, also directed by Tim Burton.

wonka opens in theaters nationwide on December 14 from Warner Bros.


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How Timothée Chalamet managed to win the role of Willy Wonka