WONKA 2023: RELEASE DATE, TRAILER AND MORE
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is this cool children’s book from 1964 by Roald Dahl. It’s all about Charlie Bucket checking out Willy Wonka’s epic chocolate factory with his grandpa. The story is such a hit that they turned it into a bunch of movies.
First up is Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, starring Gene Wilder, who owns the role of Willy Wonka. Then there’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, with the super quirky Johnny Depp taking on the Charlie gig. Fast-forward to 2021, and bam! Warner Bros. Pictures drops the news about a third live-action film based on Roald Dahl’s classic novel.
It’s called “Wonka”, and it’s a prequel that spills the beans on how Wonka got into the whole chocolate game before he became the Wonka we all know. So, who’s the big star in this flick? Who’s behind the camera? When’s it hitting theaters? Stick around, and we’ll spill all the deets below!
Is ‘Wonka’ Dropping Anytime Soon?
So, here’s the scoop on the release date for the much-anticipated Wonka flick. Originally, it was all set to hit theaters on March 17th, 2023. But you know how it goes with the whole COVID-19 chaos messing things up in Hollywood—production glitches and folks taking their sweet time getting back to the cinemas.
So, they decided to push it back a bit. Mark your calendars for December 15, 2023, because that’s when Wonka is finally hitting the big screens!
Trailer For ‘Wonka’
Guess what? The teaser for Wonka just landed on July 11, 2023, and it’s a real game-changer. This sneak peek takes us deep into the world of a young Willy Wonka as he kicks off his chocolate adventure.
The vibe of the movie is like those Paddington films, with that whimsical touch that screams, “Hey, I’m a tale about this candy whiz with big dreams!” So, get ready for some serious sweetness coming your way.
Will You Get to Stream Wonka?
Alright, so here’s the lowdown on whether you can kick back and stream Wonka. Back in 2020, Warner Bros. shook things up by dropping all their movies in theaters and on HBO Max at the same time.
Then in 2021, they switched to this 45-day thing where the movies only hit theaters for a month and a half. But guess what? By 2022, they’re kind of back to the usual drill. Most flicks take a solid three months before they pop up on Max.
Now, here’s the scoop on Wonka. Don’t go hunting for it on your streaming service until Spring 2024. Yep, you heard it right. Gotta wait a bit for the candy magic to hit your screens!
What’s the Deal with Wonka?
Now, let’s dive into what Wonka is all about. They’re keeping things under wraps for now, but here’s the deal. It’s a prequel, spillin’ the beans on Willy’s early days and how he turned into this big-shot chocolatier we all know.
Until we get a sneak peek with a teaser trailer, we’re kinda in the dark. So, stay tuned for the candy-filled deets!
Who’s Playing Willy Wonka?
Guess who’s stepping into the iconic shoes of Willy Wonka? None other than the talented Timothée Chalamet! This young actor had a stellar 2021, rocking roles like Paul Atreides in “Dune: Part One”, Zeffirelli in “The French Dispatch”, and Quentin in “Don’t Look Up” Warner Bros. initially had their eyes on Tom Holland for the Wonka gig, but eventually went all-in on Chalamet.
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And hey, Keegan-Michael Key, a fellow cast member, can’t stop singing praises for Chalamet’s performance. According to him, there’s this effortless vibe to how Chalamet brings Wonka to life. Plus, he adds this hopeful, unstoppable quality to the character. The key is all about Chalamet’s charisma and confidence, calling him a “delicious artist”. Sacrébleu, indeed! Looks like we’re in for a treat with Chalamet as Wonka.
Cast of Characters and Directors
Get ready for a star-studded lineup alongside Timothée Chalamet! Joining the Willy Wonka fiesta are Keegan-Michael Key, Tom Davis, Hugh Grant, Simon Farnaby, Kobna Holdbrook-Smith, Mathew Baynton, Jim Carter, Sally Hawkins, Olivia Colman, Rowan Atkinson, and Rich Fulcher.
Now, we’re in the dark about whom these folks are playing, but let’s be real, with this crew of talented actors, we’re already buzzing with excitement. It’s like a guarantee that these characters are going to be gold with this A-list crew!
The maestro behind the camera for ‘Wonka’ is none other than Paul King, the genius who brought us the delightful Paddington series. He’s teaming up on the script with Simon Farnaby, the creative mind behind ‘Paddington 2.’ Talk about a dynamic duo!
Backing this candy-coated adventure are heavyweight producers David Heyman, the wizard behind the Harry Potter franchise, and Luke Kelly, who worked magic on ‘The Witches.’ Executive producers in the mix include Michael Siegel, who knows a thing or two about ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,’ and Alexandra Derbyshire, who added her magic touch to ‘Paddington.’
With a crew like this, “Wonka” is in some seriously good hands!
Is This Film Connected to the Previous Versions of Willy Wonka?
Alright, buckle up for the scoop on ‘Wonka’s’ connection to the Willy Wonka tales of yore. Brace yourself—this flick is sailing in a different boat from the Gene Wilder and Johnny Depp versions of the character.
But hold on! Even though it’s not doing the crossover thing, ‘Wonka’ is throwing it back to the roots of the original ‘Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory’ vibe.
Timothée Chalamet’s spin on the character might snag some inspiration from those classic films, but here’s the twist—it’s not happening in the same worlds.
Director Paul King spilled the cocoa beans in an EW interview, saying he didn’t want to mess with the iconic looks from that ’71 movie. Instead, he’s cooking up a companion piece. Picture those characters 25 years earlier, and that’s the starting point. So, it’s like a trip down memory lane with a fresh batch of chocolate magic!