Wonka Star Keegan-Michael Key Praises Timothée Chalamet, Teases Musical Numbers

Wonka star Key Keegan-Michael praised his co-star Timothée Chalamet and his portrayal of Willy Wonka during his early years. Speaking to THR, Key had nothing but good things to say about Chalamet, describing his “wonderful ease” playing the iconic character before calling the young actor a “really delightful entertainer”. What looks like the perfect combination for someone who loves chocolate Wonka.

“There’s this wonderful ease in the way he plays Wonka, not to mention the fact that there’s this quality of hope that he gives to the character, a kind of indomitable quality that he will never give up, he is always ready for the next thing. He’s like, ‘OK, that didn’t work? We will do this and we will try something else. And Timothée Chalamet, what can I say? Damn it ! This kid, you know, he exudes charisma and wonderful confidence. He’s just a really delightful artist.

Along with applauding Chalamet’s central performance, Key went on to tease the musical numbers that will feature in Wonka, revealing that, despite only having a handful, Chalamet will be testing his vocal skills many times.


“He has seven musical numbers and I have two, one is a group number and the other is a smaller group number. I would agree with all the adjectives used by Timothée and would also like add the words wonderful and a bit epic. It’s a beautiful, big, full, beautiful work of art and Paul King, who directed it, is a lovely human being who has this wonderful childlike heart. was the ideal person to lead the project.

Key agreed with Chalamet’s description of Wonka as being “so heartfelt” and “so joyful” and while his role in the proceedings remains unknown, the actor and comedian clearly has nothing but good things to say about the upcoming prequel.

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Wonka set to hit theaters next year

Willy Wonka prequel
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Wonka will feature a much younger version of the Roald Dahl character than fans are used to. The film will explore the early years of the titular chocolate fanatic and tell the story of a young Willy Wonka and his adventures before opening the world’s most famous chocolate factory.

A bit like the two years 1971 Willy Wonka and the chocolate factory and the 2005 remake Charlie and the chocolate factory, Wonka will be a musical adventure. The prequel is set to feature original songs courtesy of The Divine Comedy lead singer Neil Hannon.

Realized by Paddington filmmaker Paul King from a screenplay written by King and Simon Farnaby (Paddington 2), Wonka stars Dunes actor Timothée Chalamet as Willy Wonka alongside Keegan-Michael Key (Keanu, the Super Mario Bros movie.), Rowan Atkinson (Mr. Bean, Johnny English), Sally Hawkins (The shape of water), Jim Carter (Downton Abbey), Olivia Colman (The crown), Mathieu Baynton (Ghosts), Tom Davis (Murder in Successville), Simon Farnaby, Rich Fulcher (The Mighty Boosh), Kobna Holdbrook-Smith (Mary Poppins Returns), Joseph Paterson (Zeros + Crosses) and Matt Lucas (Alice in Wonderland).

Wonka is scheduled to be released on December 15, 2023 by Warner Bros. Pictures.

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