Collider reports that Warner Bros. has been long developing a new Willy Wonka movie that would explore the character’s earlier days, “before he became the King of Candy. Wonka will be released on March 17, 2023.
A couple of years ago, it was announced that either Ryan Gosling, Donald Glover or Ezra Miller were being eyed to star, but those names have all fallen by the wayside since then.
Now, sources say that Warners has its eye on either Tom Holland or Timothy Chalamet.
Holland is currently 24 years old, while Chalamet just turned 25, and not only will they be competing for roles for years to come, but they are two of Hollywood’s most recognizable and talented leading men under 30. While it’s unclear whether Holland or Chalamet are actively pursuing this part, it’s easy to see Chalamet as a younger version of Johnny Depp‘s take on Wonka, whereas Holland is more of a song-and-dance man in the vein of a young Gene Wilder. To be clear, neither has been offered the role of Wonka — but let’s be honest, there are only so many young actors Warner Bros. would agree to finance this film with, as I’d imagine they want it to spark a franchise.
I mean… I guess I’d watch?