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Timothée Chalamet's nabbed himself a golden ticket: Actor to star as Willy Wonka in prequel to classic film

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Oscar nominee Timothée Chalamet - who's previously been linked to Lily-Rose Depp - to follow in the footsteps of Johnny Depp and Gene Wilder by taking up the mantle of Willy Wonka for Warner Brother's Wonka a prequel to the classic Roald Dahl adaptation, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

According to Deadline, the 25-year-old American actor will play a "young Willy Wonka and his adventures prior to opening the world’s most famous chocolate factory."

Wonka will be Timothée's first role where he can fully show off his talents as a vocalist and dancer, as according to the article there are several musical numbers set to appear in the film.

This marks the third time Warner Bros. has taken on the Wonka story, with the previous versions being adaptations of Roald Dahl’s classic novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. The first one released in 1971, starred Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka, and the second in 2005 starring Johnny Depp in the role.

While plot details are still under wraps, some details have been revealed. According to reports, the latest Wonka adaptation, will not feature the young golden ticket winner, Charlie Bucket at all, instead, it will focus solely on a young Willy Wonka and his adventures before he developed his passion for chocolate making.