Wonka

Wonka

(2023)

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Synopsis

A young Willy Wonka sets out on adventure that leads him to an empire built on dreams and chocolate

When a young, eccentric Willy Wonka encounters a group of Oompa-Loompas during his adventures, the top hatted entrepreneur sets out to create the world's most dazzling chocolate factory. 

What to know

Timothy Chalamet takes on the role of the eccentric young Willy Wonka in Warner Bros.’ big screen musical production 

Wonka is a musical fantasy film produced by Warner Bros. The film is based on the character of Willy Wonka depicted in Roald Dahl’s children’s book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Luke Kelly and Alexandra Derbyshire produce alongside David Heyman, the latter of whom was the first to secure the film rights to the Harry Potter books. Wonka is directed by Paul King, best known for his BAFTA-nominated work on the Paddington films. Simon Farnaby writes the screenplay, having previously worked with director King on Paddington 2. Chung Chung-hoon acts as cinematographer, and is primarily known for lending his talents to the Obi-Wan Kenobi series. Welsh costume designer 1999 Best Costume Design Oscar-winner Lindy Hemming creates the unique Wonka styles as head designer, while Neil Hannon writes the original songs for the film.

Award-winning actor Timothée Chalamet plays the titular Willy Wonka, leading a cast of immense talent, including Hugh Grant as Oompa-Loompa, Sally Hawkins as Wonka's mother, Paterson Joseph as Slugworth, and comedians Keegan-Michael Key, Richard Fulcher, and Rowan Atkinson. Acclaimed actresses Olivia Colman and Sally Hawkins also star alongside Mathew Baynton, Jim Carter, and Tom Davis.

Production News

  • October 19, 2016
    • Warner Bros. Pictures announce they acquired the character rights to Willy Wonka and are producing a film about him with David Heyman and Michael Siegel. (Source: Variety
  • February 12, 2018
    • Paul King is in talks to direct the film. (Source: The Hollywood Reporter
  • January 19, 2021
    • The official title, Wonka, in released, along with confirmation that Paul King will direct. (Source: Deadline
  • May 24, 2021
    • Timothee Chalamet is cast as Willy Wonka himself, and it is revealed the film will feature a selection of musical numbers. (Source: Deadline
  • September 13, 2021
    • Keegan-Michael Key, Olivia Colman, Jim Carter, Rowan Atkinson, and Sally Hawkins are all confirmed as cast members. (Source: Deadline
  • October 15, 2021
    • Photos from the set reveal that filming has begun in Lyme Regis and Bath, United Kingdom. (Source: Somerset Live
  • March 9, 2022
    • Wonka’s release date is confirmed for December 15, 2023. (Source: Deadline)
  • July 11, 2023
    • The first trailer for Wonka is released, showing a singing and dancing Timothée Chalamet portray the titular character as his ambitions slowly take shape in a world that discourages daydreaming.
  • July 16, 2023
    • Director Paul King tells People that they used a lot of real chocolate on set, and even employed a professional chocolatier to make the beautiful edible pieces featured in the film, going on to say that the creations "tasted every bit as good as they looked". (Source: People)
  • September 11, 2023
    • Director Paul King explains to Total Film/Games Radar that Wonka is actually not a musical, but "more like a movie with songs". (Source: ScreenRant)
  • October 5, 2023
    • The MPAA in the US rates Wonka as PG (family friendly) despite some instances of violence and crude language. (Source: ScreenRant)
  • October 12, 2023
    • A new trailer for Wonka is released, revealing Timothée Chalamet's enthusiastic antics as the young, mysterious choloclatier. (Source: Deadline)
  • December 8, 2023
    • Wonka premieres in cinemas in the UK.

Rating

IMDB 7.1 (102k)

Genres

Fantasy, Comedy, Kids & Family

Runtime

1h 57min

Age rating

PG

Production country

United Kingdom, United States

Director

Paul King

Cast

Timothée Chalamet
Willy Wonka
Calah Lane
Noodle
Keegan-Michael Key
Chief-of-Police
Hugh Grant
Oompa-Loompa / Lofty
Paterson Joseph
Arthur Slugworth
Olivia Colman
Mrs. Scrubbit
Tom Davis
Bleacher
Jim Carter
Abacus Crunch
Rowan Atkinson
Father Julius
Matt Lucas
Prodnose
Mathew Baynton
Ficklegruber
Natasha Rothwell
Piper Benz
Rakhee Thakrar
Lottie Bell
Rich Fulcher
Larry Chucklesworth
Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
Officer Affable
Simon Farnaby
Basil, Zoo Security Guard
Ellie White
Gwennie, Mistress of the Keys
Sally Hawkins
Willy Wonka's Mother
Colin O'Brien
Young Willy Wonka
Freya Parker
Miss Bon Bon
Murray McArthur
Ship Captain
Charlotte Ritchie
Barbara
Phil Wang
Colin
Rufus Jones
Jenkins
Isy Suttie
Fruit & Veg Vendor
Ian Bartholomew
Sceptical Old Man
Sophie Winkleman
The Countess
Justin Edwards
Green Skinned Customer
Michael Abubakar
Orange Haired Customer
Tim Fitzhigham
Sinister Ship’s Captain
Jane Bertish
Baroness Von Schmeichelhammer
Tracy Ifeachor
Dorothy Smith
Dominic Coleman
Donovan
Muzz Khan
Oompa Lumpa Guard
Ben Howard
Oompa Lumpa Guard
Alison Pargeter
Wendy Chucklesworth
Paul G. Raymond
Map Seller
Lola Shepelev
Moustachided Little Girl
Marina Bye
Green-Bearded Customer
Robyn Rose
Tram Lady 1
Bertie Caplan
Shoeshine Boy