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Talented Keegan-Michael Key to Star Alongside Timothee Chalamet in Willy Wonka Prequel


Talented Keegan-Michael Key to Star Alongside Timothee Chalamet in Willy Wonka Prequel

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The impending prequel to Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (or Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, if you so prefer) has me in a bit of a quandary. The notion of unraveling how the fanciful chocolatier built his empire of confections using peculiar technology and methods has always piqued my curiosity, yet it remains a treasured tale intertwined with my earliest recollections of Gene Wilder. To pull off this premise successfully, exceptional thespians are an absolute must. While Timothee Chalamet was already known to take on the role of Wonka, a recent report from Deadline reveals the addition of another accomplished actor.

Joining Chalamet in Wonka will be Keegan-Michael Key, although the specifics of his character in the movie have not been disclosed. With Warner Bros. keeping most of the screenplay tightly under wraps, it’s impossible to speculate about Key’s role, but whatever it may be, he is sure to deliver a stellar performance.

Renowned mainly as one part of the comedic duo of Key and Peele, Key boasts a diverse portfolio of film and television endeavors, ranging from on-screen appearances in Schmigadoon! and The Prom to lending his voice to projects like The Lego Movie, Toy Story 4, and the reimagining of The Lion King.

Furthermore, the helm of Wonka is in the capable hands of director Paul King, known for his work on the Paddington films. overseeing production is David Heyman, the film’s producer, who has disclosed that filming is scheduled to commence fervently this month. As for the movie’s release date, viewers will have to exercise patience; Wonka is slated for a theatrical debut on March 17, 2023.

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