‘Wonka’ Trailer Drops and Fans Are in Fits


| LAST UPDATE 08/02/2023

By Riley Hammond
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Wonka (20230 Village Roadshow Pictures via IMDb

Magic, wonder and, most importantly, chocolate will be returning to the theatre this summer as a trailer for the film Wonka has dropped, giving fans plenty to talk about. Set for release in mid December, Wonka is prequel to the 1971 film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, which is based on the original 1946 Roald Dahl book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. The film stars Timothee Chalamet as a young Willy Wonka before he became the variation of the character that Gene Wilder brought to screens over fifty years ago.

On social media, some fans are complaining that Chalamet does not come off as quirky enough to pull off the role. One fan shared that the actor “is not goofy enough to be Wonka. No shade… but the guy reeks of 'we only hired him because people think he's hot.'" In response, another user clapped back, saying, "Timothee Chalamet doesn’t have silly energy is just like… that’s the Prince of Gooftopia.” In an article for Dazed, it is suggested that the film is “already giving Disney Adult energy.” The epidemic of Disney adults is the obsession with Disney that carries on into maturity, or a lack thereof. 

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Some fans even took to Twitter to share who they believed would have been a better casting choice, namely Jeremy Allen White for his uncanny likeness to Wilder, Paul Dano for his range, Tom Holland for his charisma, and even the Christmas Muppet Carol Gonzo for his impeccable style.

Much to the amusement of fans, Hugh Grant will appear in the film as an Oompa Loompa. While we do not know yet whether he will be playing many Oompa Loompas or if there is only one at this early stage of Wonka’s story, fans are equally confused and excited for this hilarious, albeit unexpected, casting. Neglected from any association to the upcoming sequel, Tim Burton’s 2005 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory starring Johnny Depp has been referenced by some fans as their preferred take on the classic novel. One Twitter user shared that they do not think Chalamet’s Wonka will “surpass” Depp’s savage insults to the five kids he invites to the factory.

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