Warner Bros. has released three new clips and a featurette from their upcoming film, Wonka, which is set to hit theatres next month, just in time for the holidays. The film features Timothée Chalamet as Willy Wonka, known from the beloved Roald Dahl book and the 1971 movie, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. This new story gives us the character’s background as a magician and chocolatier, long before his factory was made.
The scenes that were shared see Wonka entrap an Oompa Loompa (Hugh Grant), who is attempting to steal his chocolate in the middle of the night. They have a conversation, which hints at the history between the two characters. There’s also a scene in which the young character Noodle, played by Calah Lane, visits Wonka, who creates a special chocolate especially for her. The final scene sees Wonka sharing a treat with his candy-making competitors.
The featurette puts the spotlight on Chalamet‘s performance as a young Willy Wonka, with director Paul King praising the Oscar nominee for capturing the essence of the iconic chocolatier.
I have been pretty skeptical about this movie, because the first film is so beloved, and I didn’t know if this film could capture the same magic. I haven’t completely made up my mind yet, but these clips definitely intrigued me and captured my sense of wonder. I look forward to seeing this movie during the holidays with my family.
Wonka opens in theatres on December 15th. Check out the clips below, and let us know what you think: