Forget all that nonsense about young Willy Wonka, with his scaffolding of teeth-braces and Hammer horror dad in Tim Burton’s Charlie And The Chocolate Factory – there’s a new Willy Wonka prequel film on the way.
Harry Potter, Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them and Paddington producer David Heyman will be overseeing the project.
According to Variety, Warners has bought the rights to Willy Wonka from the Roald Dahl estate, and is planning to make a Willy Wonka prequel movie. The original movie won’t be an origin story as such, but will feature an early adventure of eccentric chocolate entrepreneur, and other characters from the series, like Charlie Bucket, may appear in future movies if the first one is successful.
So the big question now is: who should play cinema’s third Willy Wonka after Gene Wilder in 1971 and Johnny Depp in 2005? Depending on how young they’re planning on making the character, we’d have said Eddie Redmayne and Ezra Miller were both in with a shout (but they’re both in Fantastic Beasts so that may be a little too obvious), but also Jared Leto or perhaps Ben Wishaw (who has a connection to producer David Heyman through voicing Paddington). If they’re intending to make him younger than that, Asa Butterfield (Ender’s Game, Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children) tends to get all the plumb roles.
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