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‘Wonka’ director teases all-singing, all-dancing Timothée Chalamet in new teaser trailer

It's Willy Wonka again. A new movie starring Timothée Chalamet that will be released in theaters in December will be a prequel about the chocolatier and tormentor of misbehaving kids.

Tuesday saw the release of the first video featuring Chalamet as the volatile Roald Dahl character, which saw a teenage Willy Wonka embarking on a mission to upend the chocolate industry and dismantle a candy cartel.

Chalamet fills the roles once held by Johnny Depp in 2005 and Gene Wilder in 1971. Paul King, the writer-director of "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," has imagined a valiant, striving version of the character in what he calls a "companion piece" to the 1971 movie rather than retelling Dahl's 1964 novel.

Prior to the release of the teaser trailer, King promised an all-singing, all-dancing Chalamet and a movie that "answers all the questions you never had" about Willy Wonka in a speech in London.

The director revealed that he had examined early drafts of the book in Dahl's personal archives and drawn inspiration from them.

It was good to be so motivated by that, he said, adding that as a writer, he wasn't someone he thought of in the same light as.

Famous actors Sally Hawkins, Tom Davis, and Simon Farnaby, as well as Olivia Colman, Rowan Atkinson, Keegan-Michael Key, and newcomer Calah Lane, have been cast in "Paddington 2," directed by King, who also helmed the critically acclaimed "Paddington" and "Paddington." The movie also reunites Hugh Grant and Stephen King, with Grant taking on the role of an irritable, flute-playing Oompa-Loompa in a casting coup for the ages.

The director referred to Grant as "the funniest, most sarcastic s— that I've met" after searching for a celebrity to play one of Wonka's "incredibly sarcastic, judgmental, and cruel" employees.

Hugh Grant as an Oompa Loompa and Chalamet as Wonka.
Hugh Grant as an Oompa Loompa and Chalamet as Wonka.
Warner Bros. Pictures, with permission
Although certain scenes were filmed on location in the UK to show the mania that surrounds his star, King said that most of the film was shot on studio soundstages.

He laughed as he recalled, "I got an insight into Timothée Chalamet's life, which is people leaning out of windows and screaming, 'Marry me!'" "It seemed quite odd... I'm not sure what they anticipated would occur.

There was no denying King's appreciation for Chalamet: "It was a huge commitment for him because it was a very long shoot and there was a lot (of) singing and dancing."

He went on to say that many individuals his age "would have been tempted to put on a superhero outfit and then sort of go and save the world." And I was able to get him to don a pair of leather boots with heels and perform some tap dancing.

On December 15, "Wonka" is made available in North America. Warner Bros. Discovery owns CNN and Warner Bros. Pictures.


Daniel Jack

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