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Keegan Michael Key joins Timothee Chalamet in Warner Bros.’ Wonka origin story movie

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Keegan Michael Key joins Timothee Chalamet in Warner Bros.’ Wonka origin story movie










Warner Bros. are rounding out the cast for its upcoming Wonka, an origin story about the beloved Willy Wonka character, with Keegan Michael Key signing on.

The studio had brought aboard Timothee Chalamet in May to play the title character, previously played on the big screen by Gene Wilder and Johnny Depp.

There is no word yet on what character the 50-year-old Key may play in the movie, according to a report from Deadline.

Keegan cast: Warner Bros. are rounding out the cast for its upcoming Wonka, an origin story about the beloved Willy Wonka character, with Keegan Michael Key signing on

Keegan cast: Warner Bros. are rounding out the cast for its upcoming Wonka, an origin story about the beloved Willy Wonka character, with Keegan Michael Key signing on

Timothee: The studio had brought aboard Timothee Chalamet in May to play the title character, previously played on the big screen by Gene Wilder and Johnny Depp

Timothee: The studio had brought aboard Timothee Chalamet in May to play the title character, previously played on the big screen by Gene Wilder and Johnny Depp

The project will follow the adventures of the young Willy Wonka before opening his iconic chocolate factory.

The production is said to have several musical scenes where Chalamet will get to show off his singing and dancing skills.

It is also believed that this story will showcase how Wonka first met the Oompa Loompas before building his chocolate factory.

Song and dance: The production is said to have several musical scenes where Chalamet will get to show off his singing and dancing skills

Song and dance: The production is said to have several musical scenes where Chalamet will get to show off his singing and dancing skills

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Paul King (Paddington, Paddington 2) will direct Wonka from a script he co-wrote with his Paddington 2 co-writer Simon Farnaby.

The project had gone through a number of previous iterations written by Simon Rich, Simon Stephenson, Jeff Nathanson, and Steven Levenson.

David Heyman is producing through his Heyday Films, alongside Luke Kelly and Alexandra Derbyshire, with Michael Siegel executive producing. 

Filmmakers: Paul King (Paddington, Paddington 2) will direct Wonka from a script he co-wrote with his Paddington 2 co-writer Simon Farnaby

Filmmakers: Paul King (Paddington, Paddington 2) will direct Wonka from a script he co-wrote with his Paddington 2 co-writer Simon Farnaby

Warner Bros. first explored the world of Willy Wonka in 1971’s Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, based on Roald Dahl’s 1964 novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, starring Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka. 

The studio then put together a more faithful adaptation of the original novel with 2005’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory starring Johnny Depp as Willy Wonka and Freddie Highmore as Charlie Bucket.

The 2005 adaptation was a box office hit, earning $206.4 million domestic and $474.9 million worldwide from a $150 million budget. 

First movie: Warner Bros. first explored the world of Willy Wonka in 1971's Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, based on Roald Dahl's 1964 novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, starring Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka

First movie: Warner Bros. first explored the world of Willy Wonka in 1971’s Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, based on Roald Dahl’s 1964 novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, starring Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka

Faithful: The studio then put together a more faithful adaptation of the original novel with 2005's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory starring Johnny Depp as Willy Wonka and Freddie Highmore as Charlie Bucket

Faithful: The studio then put together a more faithful adaptation of the original novel with 2005’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory starring Johnny Depp as Willy Wonka and Freddie Highmore as Charlie Bucket

Key is coming off Netflix’s The Prom, and he can currently be seen on Apple TV Plus’ Schmigadoon alongside Cecily Strong.

He also returns to voice Murray in Hotel Transylvania, which was originally slated to hit theaters this month before Sony sold it to Amazon, and now it will debut on Prime Video October 1.

The actor will also voice Honest John in Disney’s live-action rendition of Pinocchio, arriving in 2022. 

New show: Key is coming off Netflix's The Prom, and he can currently be seen on Apple TV Plus' Schmigadoon alongside Cecily Strong

New show: Key is coming off Netflix’s The Prom, and he can currently be seen on Apple TV Plus’ Schmigadoon alongside Cecily Strong

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