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Willy Wonka: Roald Dahl’s Iconic Character Comes to Life Dec. 15

Warner Brothers-(ENEWSPF)- We don’t ordinarily preview upcoming movies. However, Paul King’s WONKA looks like a sweet treat for the holiday season. Starring Timothée Chalamet, the film highlights how Willy Wonka becomes the chocolate king of his adopted hometown.

Wonka will hit theaters on December 15, 2023.

Based on the extraordinary character at the center of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl’s most iconic 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, magician and chocolate-maker became the beloved Willy Wonka we know today.

WONKA opens in theaters on Dec. 15
WONKA opens in theaters on Dec. 15, 2023. (Warner Bros.)

WONKA Arrives Courtesy Writer/Director Paul King

From Paul King, writer/director of the “Paddington” films, David Heyman, producer of “Harry Potter,” “Gravity,” “Fantastic Beasts” and “Paddington,” and producers Alexandra Derbyshire (the “Paddington” films, “Jurassic World: Dominion”) and Luke Kelly (“Roald Dahl’s The Witches”), comes an intoxicating mix of magic and music, mayhem and emotion, all told with fabulous heart and humor. Starring Timothée Chalamet in the title role, this irresistibly vivid and inventive big-screen spectacle will introduce audiences to a young Willy Wonka, chock-full of ideas and determined to change the world one delectable bite at a time—proving that the best things in life begin with a dream, and if you’re lucky enough to meet Willy Wonka, anything is possible.

Starring alongside Chalamet are

  • Calah Lane (“The Day Shall Come”),
  • Emmy and Peabody Award winner Keegan-Michael Key (“The Prom,” “Schmigadoon”),
  • Paterson Joseph (“Vigil,” “Noughts + Crosses”),
  • Matt Lucas (“Paddington,” “Little Britain”),
  • Mathew Baynton (“The Wrong Mans,” “Ghosts”),
  • Oscar nominee Sally Hawkins (“The Shape of Water,” the “Paddington” films, “Spencer”),
  • Rowan Atkinson (the “Johnny English” and “Mr. Bean” films, “Love Actually”),
  • Jim Carter (“Downton Abbey”),
  • With Oscar winner Olivia Colman (“The Favourite,” “The Lost Daughter”) and Hugh Grant (“Paddington 2,” “A Very English Scandal”).

The film also stars Natasha Rothwell (“White Lotus,” “Insecure”),

  • Rich Fulcher (“Marriage Story,” “Disenchantment”),
  • Rakhee Thakrar (“Sex Education,” “Four Weddings and a Funeral”),
  • Tom Davis (“Paddington 2,” “King Gary”)
  • and Kobna Holdbrook-Smith (“Paddington 2,” “Zack Snyder’s Justice League,” “Mary Poppins Returns”).

Screenplay Background

Simon Farnaby (“Paddington 2”) & Paul King wrote the screenplay, based on a story by King and characters created by Roald Dahl. Michael Siegel, Cate Adams, Rosie Alison, and Tim Wellspring serve as executive producers. King’s behind-the-scenes creative team includes director of photography Chung-Hoon Chung (“Last Night in Soho,” “Ah-ga-ssi”); Oscar-nominated production designer Nathan Crowley (“Tenet,” “Dunkirk”); editor Mark Everson (the “Paddington” films); Oscar-winning costume designer Lindy Hemming (the “Paddington” films, “Topsy-Turvy”); and composer Joby Talbot (the “Sing” films). Neil Hannon of the band The Divine Comedy is writing original songs for the film.

Warner Bros. Pictures Presents, in Association with Village Roadshow Pictures, a Heyday Films Production, a Paul King Confection, “Wonka,” set to open in theaters and IMAX internationally beginning 6 December 2023 and in North America on December 15, 2023, will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures.

Background text on the film courtesy Warner Brothers.