Wonka: The most chocolate movie of the year came to cinemas this December
How young Willy Wonka went from being an dreamer to becoming the greatest creator of dreams filled with the most delicious chocolate
This irresistibly vivid and innovative film spectacle introduced the audience to a young Willy Wonka, full of ideas and determined to change the world with one delicious bite - proving that the best things in life begin with a dream and if you are lucky enough to meet Willy Wonka, anything is possible.
Based on the extraordinary character from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl's most recognizable children's book and one of the best-selling children's books of all time, Wonka tells the wondrous story of how the world's greatest inventor, wizard and chocolate maker became the beloved Willy Wonka we know today.
How Wonka became the Wonka we all know today?
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a children's novel written by Roald Dahl in 1964, and the book became a hit not only among the youngest, but also among readers of all ages. Some may remember Willy Wonka more for the films Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, or Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, both of which have the status of cult films today. Until now, Wonka has been played by Gene Wilder and Johnny Depp.
Timothée Chalamet puts a hat on his head this winter, took an Oompa Loompa by the hand and became Willy Wonka. Chalamet is one of the most popular young actors at the moment, he was nominated for an Oscar, and some of his most famous films are Call Me by Your Name, Little Women and the Dune series. Unlike Wilder and Depp, Chalamet will not be Wonka who has his own chocolate factory, but will play a young Wonka at the beginning of his career as a chocolatier who has yet to become what Gene Wilder and Johnny Depp were.
Is 'Wonka' a prequel to one of the earlier films?
Now the question arises - does Chalamet's role as young Wonka precede Wilder's or Depp's character? Screenwriter and director Paul King said that the new Wonka is a companion piece to the 1971 film, but it could not be called a direct prequel, only the appearance of Wonka's world was taken from that film. Wonka is an independent film, but if you really want to, it can be taken as a prequel to both versions of the film that were made earlier. Paul King wrote and directed Wonka, which means that the film can be expected to be fantastic entertainment for the whole family, with lots of laughs and colorful sets that will take viewers to a completely different world.
How did Hugh Grant become an Oompa Loompa?
In addition to the appearance of the world from Gene Wilder's version of Willy Wonka, it is obvious that the appearance of the characters was also taken, which is best seen on the Oompa Loompa, played by no less than Hugh Grant. Of all the big names involved in the film, Grant is probably the biggest surprise because he has the most unusual role. The director's explanation for such a choice is simple, since Hugh Grant is one of the most sarcastic and funniest people he has met, and the Oompa Loompas are just like that. They may not talk much, but that's why they sing. And when they sing, their songs are imbued with subtle black humor and sarcasm where director Paul King saw Hugh Grant.
Timothée Chalamet is in the role of young Willy Wonka, Hugh Grant is an Oompa Loompa called Lofty, while other roles include Olivia Colman, Calah Lane, Keegan-Michael Key, Sally Hawkins, Rowan Atkinson, Jim Carter, Rakhee Thakrar and Matt Lucas.
Many famous faces have gathered to magnify the family musical based on one of the most famous children's books of all time, and Wonka has arrived as the perfect holiday gift with a story about how to follow your dreams and live them with joy, song, and of course - chocolate.