Willy Wonka prequel signs up Timothée Chalamet

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Photo credit: Getty Images

Prepare to enter a world of pure imagination once again, as Warner Bros and the Roald Dahl Story Co are bringing us another Charlie and the Chocolate Factory inspired film – but there's a twist.

Prequel movie Wonka will focus on chocolate maker Willy Wonka's younger years, before he opened his legendary factory, and will mark the first time that Wonka has been brought to the big screen without young Golden Ticket winner Charlie Bucket featuring.

In even more exciting news, Deadline reports that Oscar-nominated Call Me By Your Name actor Timothée Chalamet has been cast as the young Wonka, and he'll reportedly be singing and dancing on screen for the first time as part of the role.

Photo credit: Mike Marsland - Getty Images
Photo credit: Mike Marsland - Getty Images

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The story is based on characters created by author Roald Dahl, who wrote Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and its sequel Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator, and will introduce us to a young confectionery-loving Wonka as it explores his earlier adventures.

Paddington director Paul King is set to direct the movie, and he has also written the screenplay alongside Horrible Histories star Simon Farnaby.

Chalamet will become the third actor to take on the role of the eccentric Wonka, following Gene Wilder in the 1971 movie Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and Johnny Depp in Tim Burton's 2005 adaptation of the tale.

The star has a very busy year of movies ahead, with Denis Villeneuve's long-awaited sci-fi adventure Dune, in which he plays Paul Atreides, due out in cinemas in September.

Photo credit: Warner Bros.
Photo credit: Warner Bros.

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He will also star in Netflix movie Don't Look Up, which also stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence, as well as in Wes Anderson comedy The French Dispatch.

No release date has been announced for Wonka but we're already very much looking forward to seeing the star donning a top hat and singing about the wonderful world of chocolate.

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