Timothée Chalamet discusses evolution of ‘Wonka’ and his role in narrative

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LOS ANGELES, Nov 30, (Agencies): The cinematic legacy of Willy Wonka is intricate and diverse, and Timothée Chalamet is thrilled to contribute to the cultural fabric of the iconic, enchanting chocolatier in the film “Wonka.”

During an interview on a press day in London, Chalamet and his co-star Hugh Grant delved into discussions about their roles. The 27-year-old actor expressed his excitement about portraying the iconic character, famously depicted by Gene Wilder in “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory” in 1971 and Johnny Depp in 2005’s “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.”

“I grew up watching that Gene Wilder film, and I have great admiration for the Tim Burton/Johnny version,” Chalamet shared. “However, this [version] is distinct. It’s the origin of Wonka.”

“It’s not ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,'” clarified Chalamet. “People tend to be wary of any new interpretation of beloved characters. But I believe Paul King, our director, nailed this one. I’ll leave it to people to judge for themselves.”

In the movie, Chalamet takes on the role of the titular hero alongside Grant, who portrays one of Wonka’s iconic Oompa Loompas, and an impressive ensemble of other screen legends and comedy stars.

“It was a dream come true!” exclaimed Chalamet. “I feel like an honorary Brit, working with Hugh Grant, Olivia Coleman, and Rowan Atkinson!”

“This is an extraordinary cast and a truly unique experience for a young American to step into this world, this Paddington creative universe that already existed,” Chalamet remarked, referencing the acclaimed 2014 British comedy also directed by King.

Chalamet showered praise on working with Grant, and the 63-year-old English screen legend reciprocated the admiration for his young co-star.

“I don’t like anyone being too successful. So I was a little anxious about Timothée Chalamet. His trajectory was too steep!” joked Grant. “But I have to say, he deserves it. He’s a proper, old-fashioned film star.”

“The camera adores him, and he’s a natural film actor,” Grant added. “So it’s infuriating, really.”

Fans eagerly anticipate Chalamet’s portrayal of the iconic candy maker’s origin story when “Wonka” graces theaters on Dec 15.

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