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Willy Wonka Prequel Gets Release Date, Director of Paddington

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Warner Bros. shared a release date and brief synopsis for Wonka, a new Willy Wonka Paddington director Paul King’s prequel film. According to the studio, Wonka will explore the titular character’s early years before becoming an eccentric candy maker, as the film will tell the story of a “young Willy Wonka and his adventures before the opening the most famous chocolate factory in the world. “It will be open to the public to collect their Golden theater tickets March 17, 2023.King will sit in the director’s chair for the film while David Heyman, whose past credits include the Harry Potter franchise and the Paddington films, will produce the long-term Willy Wonka spin-off from a script by Simon Rich, which recently wrote Seth Rogen’s comedy An American Pickle. These three names were attached to the project since 2018.

At this point, Warners hasn’t shared any of his casting plans for the film, however, Collider has heard that the studio is interested in possibly enlisting Tom Holland or Timothée Chalamet to star as the lead, playing the younger version of Roald Dahl’s fictional confectioner. The beloved character was previously portrayed onscreen by Gene Wilder and Johnny Depp.

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As one of Dahl’s best-known stories, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory has received two big screen adaptations over the years, the most recent coming from director Tim Burton, with Depp as the main character. Taika Waititi is also known to develop two new animated series for Netflix, inspired by the whimsical world and colorful characters from the classic children’s book.
Adele Ankers is a freelance entertainment journalist. You can reach her on Twitter.


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