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Wonka’s Olivia Colman Praises Timothée Chalamet’s ‘Beautiful’ Performance

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Oscar-winning actor Olivia Colman praised her co-star Timothée Chalamet’s performance in the upcoming Wonka prequel film.


Speaking to Variety, Colman promised that everyone is going to love Chalamet as young Willy Wonka once the movie comes out at the tail end of 2023. “He’s doing something different. It’s such a treat. He’s so beautiful on-screen. He’s magical,” Colman said. She gave these comments at the premiere of her new romantic drama film Empire of Light, directed by frequent James Bond filmmaker Sam Mendes, who made Skyfall and Spectre, alongside other films like the recent World War I epic 1917.

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Timothée Chalamet’s Take on Willy Wonka

Wonka will serve as a musical prequel to Roald Dahl’s children’s novel, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. The movie follows a young Willy Wonka as he grows up and makes a name for himself as a masterful, extremely eccentric chocolatier. Colman isn’t the first Wonka cast member to compliment the Dune star, since comedian Keegan-Michael Key offered similar praise after working alongside Chalamet on set. The Key and Peele co-creator said Chalamet brings an effortless, “hopeful quality” to the famous chocolate maker. He added that Chalamet performs in seven musical numbers during the film, while Key himself shows up for two songs. Alongside Chalamet, Colman and Key, the cast also includes Rowan Atkinson, Sally Hawkins and Jim Carter.

Ever since his star turn in the coming-of-age romance Call Me By Your Name in 2017, Chalamet has had steady work. He appeared as a love interest in Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird and Little Women, and played oddball young men in Don’t Look Up and Wes Anderson’s The French Dispatch. Most notably, he starred as Paul Atreides in last year’s sand-swept sci-fi adaptation epic, Dune, and will return for Dune: Part 2 in Nov. 2023, just a month before Wonka releases. The Dune sequel will introduce Léa Seydoux as Bene Gesserit member Lady Margot and Florence Pugh as Princess Irulan, and will cover the second half of Frank Herbert’s novel.

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Wonka is the third movie to be based on Dahl’s book. The first, of course, was the Gene Wilder-starring original Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory in 1971, eventually followed by director Tim Burton’s Johnny Depp-headlined 2003 remake Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which attempted to be more accurate to the book. The new film, directed by Paul King of Paddington and Paddington 2 fame, will be an original story based on Wonka’s character from the novel.

Wonka is currently scheduled to hit theaters on Dec. 15, 2023.

Source: Variety

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