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Timothée Chalamet to play Willy Wonka in origin story

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Timothée Chalamet will play Willy Wonka in a musical based on the early life of the eccentric chocolatier

NEW YORK — Timothée Chalamet will play Willy Wonka in a musical based on the early life of Roald Dahl’s eccentric chocolatier.

Warner Bros. and the Roald Dahl Story Co. announced Monday that the 25-year-old Chalamet will star in “Wonka.” The studio said the film will “focus on a young Willy Wonka and his adventures prior to opening the world’s most famous chocolate factory.”

Paul King (“Paddington,” “Paddington 2”) will direct from a script he wrote with Simon Farnaby, with “Harry Potter” producer David Heyman producing. Warner Bros. earlier this year set a release date in March 2023.

Chalamet, the Oscar-nominated star of Luca Guadagnino’s “Call Me By Your Name,” has a number of high-profile projects upcoming, including Denis Villenueve’s “Dune,” Wes Anderson’s “The French Dispatch,” Adam McKay’s “Don’t Look Up” and Guadagnino’s “Bones & All.”