Willy Wonka prequel: 'Unnecessary' origin film lambasted on Twitter following announcement

Brenda Watkins
January 20, 2021

A Willy Wonka prequel film is on the way, courtesy of Warner Bros - but not all of Wonka's fans are that happy about it.

The film, which is set for release on March 17th, 2023, will be an origin story for Roald Dahl's character Willy Wonka. The project, which has a script from Simon Rich, will follow "a young Willy Wonka and his adventures prior to opening the world's most famous chocolate factory". In 2005, Johnny Depp played Wonka in "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory", alongside Freddie Highmore, David Kelly, and Helena Bonham Carter. And though Tim Burton's film touched on Wonka's childhood, this may look more at his attempts to get his factory going.

News of a Willy Wonka prequel first came to light back in 2018, with Ryan Gosling, Donald Glover and Ezra Miller being considered to play the title role.

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Warner Bros announced the news yesterday (19 January), with speculation already rife as to who will portray the eccentric chocolatier. It's now being reported that Dune star Timothee Chalamet and the MCU's web-slinging Tom Holland are being considered to bring the younger Willy Wonka to life.

Writer and podcaster Gavia Baker-Whitelaw wrote: "There's an old piece of writing advice that a good story should take place at the most important/exciting moment in a character's life".

The prequel is now scheduled to hit cinemas on March 17, 2023, with production due to start in the next four months. With all eyes on who will play the next Willy Wonka, he will have some big shoes to fill.

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