Warner Bros. has set an official release date for Wonka, a Charlie and the Chocolate Factory prequel that tells the origin story of eccentric candy maker Willy Wonka. Per the studio, the movie will follow a “young Willy Wonka and his adventures prior to opening the world’s most famous chocolate factory.” Scheduled to release on March 17, 2023, the movie comes from Paddington director Paul King and Harry Potter producer David Heyman. As the project is still in the early stages of development, no actors have yet been attached to play the titular chocolate salesman, but a couple of top names are in the rumor mill. According to Collider, the studio is eyeing either Tom Holland (Spider-Man: Far From Home) or Timothée Chalamet (Dune) for the part. The outlet also notes that neither has yet been officially offered the part, but that these two names are at the top of the producers’ wish list. Willy Wonka was created by Roald Dahl and first appeared in the 1964 novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. In the classic tale, Wonka hides five Golden Tickets in his chocolate bars with the lucky winners given a trip to his factory with a personal tour…. Read full this story
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