Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is one of the most famous children’s books and definitely the most popular novel written by Roald Dahl.
It’s already been adapted for the big screen twice, but this third film is a bit different. Rather than a direct adaptation of Dahl’s book or a remake of the previous movies, Wonka is a prequel to the classic story.
And, as the name suggests, it focuses on Willy Wonka, telling the story of how he became the founder of the iconic Chocolate Factory.
Here’s all the key information you need to know about Wonka, including its release date, cast and official trailer. You may also want to know if Wonka has a post-credits scene.
When is the Wonka release date?
The new tale of Willy Wonka is in cinemas just in time for Christmas. The film is available now in the UK, having opened on 8 December 2023.
Since Friday, 15 December 2023Wonka has also been available in the US.
Who’s in the cast of Wonka?
The role of the young Willy Wonka is played by none other than Timothée Chalamet. Starring alongside him are:
Hugh Grant – The Oompa-Loompa
Olivia Colman – Mrs. Scrubitt
Rowan Atkinson – Father Julius
Calah Lane – Noodle
Natasha Rothwell – Piper Benz
Rakhee Thakrar – Lottie Bell
Jim Carter – Abacus Crunch
Rich Fulcher – Larry Chucklesworth
Keegan-Michael Key – The Chief of Police
Paterson Joseph – Slugworth
Matt Lucas – Prodnose
Mathew Baynton – Fickelgruber
Tom Davis – Bleacher
Sally Hawkins – Willy Wonka’s mother
Wonka is directed by Paul King (also known for Paddington), who co-wrote the script for the film with Simon Farnaby (director of Paddington 2).
What is Wonka about?
Wonka tells the story of Willy’s young years, when, gripped by a passion for making chocolate, he sets out to perfect his craft.
After returning home, Willy decides to open a chocolate factory, but the sinister Chocolate Cartel stands in his way. Fortunately, Willy can count on the help of his new friends, including, of course, the Oompa Loompa.
Wonka isn’t an adaptation of any of Roald Dahl’s books. However, it draws on the novels Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator. The latest Willy Wonka’s adventures won’t connect to the 1971 film starring Gene Wilder or the version with Johnny Depp from 2005.
Wonka is also a musical, with leading man Timothée Chalamet performing several musical numbers throughout the film.
Is there a trailer for Wonka?
Willy starts a chocolate business in the first trailer for the film:
With a second trailer, you get a better glimpse of the Hugh Grant’s Oompa Loompa: