Timothée Chalamet: What iconic character is he taking on in his new movie?
Timothee Chalamet is set to star as a young Willy Wonka in a new movie based on the character created by Roald Dahl. The new Timothee Chalamet movie is still shrouded in mystery – however, it’s suggested to be about the early life of the character and the creation of his wondrous chocolate factory. The movie is said to be a musical and will be Chalamet’s first time singing & dancing on the big screen.
The new Timothee Chalamet movie, tentatively scheduled for release in 2023, is to be directed by Paul King. King rocketed to stardom following the success of Paddington and it’s sequel Paddington 2. This Wonka origin story that no one asked for is a much more commercial turn for the actor who had previously been known for high profile indie films from auteur directors.
The character Willy Wonka appeared in the novels Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator by British novelist Roald Dahl. Netflix is said to be developing an animated series based on the books developed by Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi.
2021: A Chalamet Odyssey
Chalamet is poised to have a big year as 2021 is scheduled to see the release of three Timothee Chalamet movies. He is set to star as Paul Atreides in Denis Villeneuve’s adaptation of the classic science fiction epic Dune. Paul is the heir to a noble space-faring family who finds himself in the middle of a conflict between powerful forces looking to control trade, space travel, and the universe itself.
Wes Anderson’s upcoming film The French Dispatch is going to have Chalamet appear in a supporting role as a student revolutionary. The cast also features Chalamet’s Lady Bird costar Saoirse Ronan as well as a galaxy of stars including Benicio del Toro, Tilda Swinton, Adrien Brody, Frances McDormand, and of course Bill Murray.
2021 will also see the release of Don’t Look Up, a dark comedy from Anchorman and The Big Short director Adam McKay. The film, set for a release on Netflix later this year, also features a stacked cast. Jennifer Lawrence and Leonardo DiCaprio star as two low-level astronomers who believe an asteroid will destroy Earth.
Chalamet is also set to reunite with Call Me By Your Name director Luca Guadagnino on a new film called Bones & All. Based on a novel by Camille DeAngelis, the film is described as a coming-of-age horror film. This new Timothee Chalamet movie is expected to begin production sometime this year.
Timothee Chalamet was set to portray Bob Dylan in a biopic by Logan and Cop Land director James Mangold. The project was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and with Chalamet’s busy schedule the project seems to be delayed indefinitely.
The Candy Men
The character of Willy Wonka is most frequently associated with actor Gene Wilder’s performance in the 1971 version of Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory. Wilder’s iconic performance really cements this version as a classic. Wilder’s Wonka is warm & joyful while also having frightening manic energy.
If Wilder’s version of the chocolatier is universally beloved, then Johnny Depp’s performance in Tim Burton’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is universally despised. Depp collapses under the weight of trying to carry the entire film with his bizarre performance. However, the film was a massive box office success despite Depp’s wacky Wonka.
Chalamet will have his work cut out for him to live up to Gene Wilder’s beloved Wonka and avoid being compared to Depp’s disastrous version. We’ll have to wait & see Chalamet’s young & cool take on Wonka who will presumably discover the volatile formula for fizzy lifting drink or perhaps discover snozberries.
A release date for Timothee Chalamet’s Willy Wonka movie hasn’t been announced yet. Will you be watching when it’s finally released? If so, let us know in the comments!