A new video series shows Wonka star Timothée Chalamet is spinning a musical number for Willy Wonka’s upcoming prequel. Based on characters from Roald Dahl’s beloved children’s book Charlie and the chocolate factory, Wonka will recount the childhood of the young chocolate maker and his rise to fame. Paddington Director Paul King is directing the film, which is scheduled for release on March 17, 2023.
Chalamet is joined by an impressive roster of cast members, including Keegan-Michael Key, Sally Hawkins, and Rowan atkinson, best known for his seminal character Mr. Bean. Warner Bros. has kept quiet about plot details and character bios, but rumor has it that Olivia Colman will play a villain. With production on Wonka well on the way, photos from the set of the highly anticipated film began to leak.
Now the first video footage of the Wonka the set has emerged, courtesy of the account @_ARTSARTSARTS. Shot in rural England, Chalamet can be seen riding a truck through what is presumably his small village. With a fanciful musical number in the background, Chalamet sings “Now is the time to show the world my recipes. I have twelve silver sovereigns in my pocket and a hat full of dreams. “Out of sight, another actor shouts:”Good luck Willy!“ @wonka_news corroborated the footage with additional photos of Chalamet in action. Check out the video of the set below.
The filming sequence confirms that Wonka will begin at least as a simple coming-of-age story, as the young confectioner leaves his small town to make a name for himself in the big chocolate world. The accompanying video and photos also give fans another chance to watch the costume that Chalamet had previously revealed on Instagram. Here, the actor dons his character’s brown top hat, crisp coat, and what appears to be a cane, indicating that Wonka is acquiring his iconic look early in the film. The traveling chocolatier also has a backpack in the trailer.
The new footage also gives fans a first look at some of the music featured in the film. Wonka Rumor has it that she’s stuffed with song and dance numbers, and video from the set at least confirms that the former is true. From the brief audio clip, Chalamet seems to be singing a somewhat bouncy jubilant number. Chalamet denied that Wonka is a dark tale, claiming instead that the film is a “celebration of being off-center.“The leaked images appear to confirm this celebratory tone so far.