Wonka is an upcoming musical fantasy film directed by Paul King and co-written with Simon Farnaby. It serves as a prequel to Roald Dahl’s novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and the 1971 film adaptation Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. The film stars Timothée Chalamet as a young Willy Wonka, exploring his eccentric beginnings as a chocolatier. Supporting roles are played by Keegan-Michael Key, Rowan Atkinson, Sally Hawkins, Olivia Colman, and Jim Carter.
Development on the film began after Warner Bros. Pictures acquired the rights to the character in October 2016. Auditions for the lead role included Donald Glover, Ryan Gosling, and Ezra Miller. In May 2021, Timothée Chalamet was confirmed to play the lead role, and the supporting cast was announced in September of the same year. Principal photography began in September 2021 in the UK, with filming locations including Lyme Regis, Bath, Warner Bros. Studios in Watford and the Rivoli Ballroom in London. Additional scenes were shot in Oxford. The film features original songs by Neil Hannon.
Wonka is scheduled for release on December 15, 2023 by Warner Bros. Pictures.
Wonka Movie Production :
Warner Bros. Pictures acquired the rights to the character Willy Wonka in October 2016, with a film in development. Producers David Heyman and Michael Siegel joined the project. In February 2018, Paul King was announced as a possible director. The studio had a list of actors for the role of Willy Wonka, including Donald Glover, Ryan Gosling, and Ezra Miller. The film was revealed to be a prequel to Roald Dahl’s 1964 novel, “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.”
In January 2021, Paul King was confirmed as director, and the film was retitled Wonka. Timothée Chalamet was cast in the title role, and the film was scheduled to include musical numbers. Simon Farnaby, known for collaborating with King on Paddington 2, co-wrote the script with Jeff Nathanson, Simon Rich and Simon Stephenson, who provided additional literary material. Tom Holland was considered for the role prior to Chalamet’s casting.
Throughout 2021, the cast has expanded to include Keegan-Michael Key, Sally Hawkins, Rowan Atkinson, Olivia Colman, Jim Carter, and Simon Farnaby. Principal photography began in September 2021 in the UK, with Seamus McGarvey initially serving as cinematographer. Filming locations included Lyme Regis, Bath, Warner Bros. Studios in Watford, and the Rivoli Ballroom in London. Chung Chung-hoon replaced McGarvey as cinematographer in December. Additional scenes were shot in Oxford in December and February. Mark Everson was the film’s editor, Nathan Crowley worked as production designer, and Lindy Hemming was the costume designer.
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Wonka Movie 2023 Cast :
Here the wonka film 2023 cast name and actor name is listed below :
- Timothée Chalamet as a Willy Wonka
- Hugh Grant as a Oompa Loompa
- Rowan Atkinson as a Priest
- Matt Lucas
- Olivia Colman
- Mathew Baynton as a Fickelgruber
- Keegan-Michael Key
- Freya Parker as a Miss Bon Bon
- Colin O’Brien
- Tom Davis
- Natasha Rothwell
- Sally Hawkins
- Calah Lane
- Simon Farnaby
- Ellie White
- Rakhee Thakrar
- Paterson Joseph as a Arthur Slugworth
- Tracy Ifeachor
- Jim Carter
- Lee Bridgman as a Dancer #7
- Murray McArthur as a Ship’s Captain
- Grant Crookes as a Mourner
- Rich Fulcher
- Justin Edwards
- Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
- Pierre Bergman as a Mourner
- Rufus Jones
- Alfredo Tavares as a Mourner
- Giorgio Spiegelfeld as a Dancer
- Jag Patel
Warner Bros. Pictures launched the marketing campaign for the film Wonka on October 10, 2021. Actor Timothée Chalamet, who plays Willy Wonka in the film, shared a photo of himself in costume on Instagram with the caption: “The suspense it’s terrible, I hope it lasts”, referencing the original 1971 Willy Wonka film. Reaction to the image online was mixed.
On April 26, 2022, during Warner Bros. Pictures’ presentation at CinemaCon, footage of Chalamet as Willy Wonka was shown. The presentation also featured a rendition of the song “Pure Imagination” from the 1971 film. The trailer was described as having a period (early 20th century) setting similar to Fantastic Beasts but with a funnier atmosphere.
The following year, at the same convention, Warner Bros. screened a trailer for Wonka, which included a first look at Hugh Grant as an Oompa Loompa. Chalamet’s transformation as Wonka was praised, with IndieWire stating that he would blow viewers away, just like the chocolate he concocts in the trailer.