Timothée Chalamet seems to be absolutely everywhere nowadays. The 26-year-old has been in a number of big-name films, including Little Women (2019), Ladybird (2017), Call Me By Your Name (2017), and Dune (2021). He is also currently in the process of filming the new Warner Bros. movie Wonka — where he is portraying the famous candy maker Willy Wonka, who has previously been played by Johnny Depp and Gene Wilder.
Based on characters created by Roald Dahl, the story will focus on a young Willy Wonka and his adventures prior to opening the world’s most famous chocolate factory. Sources also tell Deadline that Wonka will mark the first time Chalamet gets to show off his singing and dancing skills with several musical numbers set to appear in the film. He’s been the top choice for some time but scheduling was a hurdle that had to be overcome as training for those numbers is included in the prep for this film.
Chalamet recently gave fans a first look at his Willy Wonka character on social media.
WONKA ✨✨🍫 pic.twitter.com/ozaerNtroP
— Timothée Chalamet (@RealChalamet) October 10, 2021
While the maroon coat and top hat are reminiscent of Wonka’s past, the look also had some social media users comparing the character to another famous character — The Great Gonzo in The Muppet Christmas Carol.
Twitter user bex ♡’s laszlo (@milkdancy) didn’t think that Chalamet and Warner Bros were actually making a Willy Wonka movie.
y’all making the wrong movie cause that is not Willy Wonka
y’all making the wrong movie cause that is not Willy Wonka 😭 pic.twitter.com/4NKcvP00n5
— bex ♡'s laszlo !! ☻ (@milkdancy) October 10, 2021
Several people also wanted Twitter users to answer the popular question of who wore the outfit best, including Paul O’Connell (@PaulEOC).
Who wore it best? #WillyWonka #TimotheeChalamet #gonzo #Wonka #wonkaschristmascarole
— Paul O'Connell (@PaulEOC) October 11, 2021
The Davies Locker (@TheDaviesLocker) also joked about a live-action The Muppets Christmas Carol being made.
The live action ‘Muppets Christmas Carol’ looks top! #Muppets #Gonzo #ChristmasCarol #Christmas #Wonka #TimotheeChalamet
— The Davies Locker (@TheDaviesLocker) October 11, 2021
Wonka will also star Olivia Colman (The Favourite), Rowan Atkinson (Bean), and Keegan-Michael Key (Schmigadoon!) and is scheduled for a theatrical release sometime in 2023.
Do you think Timothée Chalamet’s Willy Wonka looks a lot like Gonzo in The Muppet Christmas Carol? Let us know in the comments!