Director Paul King has nothing but great things to say about Timothée Chalamet
The infamous chocolatier and disciplinarian of misbehaving children, Willy Wonka, is making a comeback in a prequel film featuring Timothée Chalamet.
The film, set to hit theaters in December in the U.S., just dropped its first official trailer.
The “Wonka” trailer shows Timothée as the mysterious Roald Dahl character. The early footage showcased a young Wonka embarking on a mission to revolutionize the chocolate industry and disrupt a confectionery cartel.
Writer-director Paul King says that the film isn’t a retelling of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.” Instead, he describes the film as a “companion piece” to the 1971 movie.
Paul is known for directing the beloved “Paddington” films. He shared that he accessed Roald Dahl’s personal archives and drew inspiration from early drafts of the novel.
The star-studded cast includes familiar faces such as Sally Hawkins, Tom Davis, and Simon Farnaby, along with Olivia Colman, Rowan Atkinson, Keegan-Michael Key, and newcomer Calah Lane. In a surprising twist, Paul King reunites with Hugh Grant, who portrays a grumpy Oompa-Loompa skilled in playing the flute.
The movie was mostly filmed on soundstages, with some scenes shot on location in the U.K. Paul recalls witnessing the fan frenzy surrounding Timothée, with people shouting declarations of love from windows.
He expressed gratitude for Timothée’s commitment to the role. According to him, the actor dedicated himself to a demanding shoot that involved singing and dancing. Paul emphasized the film’s all-singing, all-dancing Timothée, as well as claiming that the film would provide answers to questions fans never knew they had about Wonka.
“Wonka” is scheduled for release on January 8, 2024 in the Philippines.
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