Wonka (2023)

Wonka is a prequel film to Roald Dahl’s classic novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and follows the origins of the legendary candy maker. From his first encounter with the Oompa Loompas to founding his deliciously magnificent headquarters, Wonka explores the character in a new light. Timothee Chalamet assumes the role of Willy Wonka himself.

Wonka Movie Poster

Paul King
Release Date
December 15, 2023
Warner Bros. Pictures
Warner Bros. Pictures
Sally Hawkins , Olivia Colman , Keegan-Michael Key , Rowan Atkinson , Timothee Chalamet , Jim Carter
Paul King , Simon Farnaby
$125 million


Warner Bros. announced that the studio will release Wonka, a prequel film set in the years prior to the opening of Willy Wonka's famous chocolate factory. It will follow the adventures of a young Willy Wonka, a character who originated in Roald Dahl's 1964 book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Willy Wonka has since been adapted to live-action, with Gene Wilder's 1971 portrayal of the character perhaps being the most popular. For now, the plot details for Wonka are relatively scarce. Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available. The film will be directed by Paul King.


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Wonka Art With Jeremy Allen White As The Titular Chocolatier Uncannily Resembles Gene Wilder

Wonka movie fan art casts The Bear's Jeremy Allen White, with the actor bearing an impressive resemblance to the original Wonka Gene Wilder.

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Wonka Box Office Dances Past Huge Milestone, Outgrosses Dozens Of Other 2023 Blockbusters

After two weeks in domestic theaters and three internationally, Wonka passes a major box office milestone that outstrips the competition.

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Wonka's Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score Triumphs Over Gene Wilder & Johnny Depp's Versions

Wonka is a surprising hit as the prequel to rates higher than Gene Wilder and Johnny Depp's adaptations in Rotten Tomatoes audience scores.

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1 Wonka Moment Could Prove Willy Wonka Really Is A Villain

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Wonka Theory Suggests Charlie Was In The 2023 Movie & Sets Up A Proper Sequel

According to a theory from Paul King's Wonka, Charlie Bucket was secretly a character in the 2023 movie, setting the stage for a proper sequel film.

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Wholesome Wonka Video Imagines Wilder & Depp's Versions Meeting Timothèe Chalamet's

A wholesome new Wonka video imagines what a meeting would look like between Gene Wilder, Johnny Depp, and Timothée Chalamet’s characters.

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One of the best parts of the new Wonka movie is its lavish musical numbers and catchy new tunes. This whimsical gem is full of great original songs.

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Willy Wonka’s New Movie Proves He Is More Like Charlie Than You Ever Knew

Unlike previous iterations of Willy Wonka that contrasted with Charlie, the new Willy Wonka shares many similarities with Charlie from the OG story.

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Wonka Lands On Major VOD Ratings Chart, Despite Not Being Available Yet

Wonka, the new Road Dahl musical prequel starring Timothée Chalamet, appears on a major VOD chart despite only being available in theaters.

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7 Main Candies In Wonka, Ranked By How Helpful They Are

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Wonka's Box Office Confirms Timothée Chalamet Is A True Movie Star Now

Timothee Chalamet has had an impressive career since he began in 2014, however, Wonka’s success has confirmed that the actor is a true movie star.

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Wonka's Ending Recreates Charlie & The Chocolate Factory's Most Wholesome Moment (& Makes It Better)

Wonka's ending not only recreates the most heartwarming moment from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory but also makes it better in more ways than one.

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10 Reasons Wonka's Box Office Is So Good: Examining Its $151 Million Performance

Wonka had major success at the box office in its opening weekend, and it is for these reasons that the fantastical musical did so well.

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Wonka Secretly Explains The Origin Of A Willy Wonka Scam 52 Years Later

The link between Wonka and the 1971 film isn’t confirmed, but an event in the recently released musical could explain something in the original movie.

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Wonka’s Golden Tickets Have A Greater Meaning That Changes How You’ll See The Previous Movies

Wonka provides a beautiful explanation of the origin of the Golden Tickets that ultimately changes the way you view the previous movies.

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Why Wonka Is A Musical Justified By Director

Wonka director Paul King explains why the new prequel movie, which stars Oscar nominee Timothée Chalamet in the title role, is a musical.

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Timothée Chalamet's Wonka Passes A Major Global Box Office Milestone In Just Two Weeks

Thanks to its early international release, the new prequel movie Wonka, starring Timothée Chalamet, crosses a huge global box office milestone.

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How Old Willy Wonka Is In Each Movie Compared To The Actors' Ages

Willy Wonka has been portrayed a few times on the big screen, each at a unique stage in life. We break down Wonka's age vs. the actors playing him.

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1 Wonka Chocolate Is A Callback To Violet's Chewing Gum From The 1971 Version

Wonka director Paul King reveals that one chocolate in the movie is a direct reference to Violet Beauregarde's chewing gum in the 1971 film.

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Wonka's 9 Biggest Differences From Roald Dahls' Book & Past Movies

Although Wonka draws some inspiration from the Roald Dahl book and the previous movies, it is significantly different from them in more ways than one.

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