On Sunday fans got their first look at Timothée Chalamet in costume as Willy Wonka in the upcoming prequel movie, and they had some strong opinions. Social media overflowed with tweets about Chalemet, Wonka and prequels in general. Many already predicted that this movie would miss the point of the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory franchise altogether.
Chalamet has been tapped to play a young version of Willy Wonka in Warner Bros.' new movie Wonka, which will explore the chocolatier's rise to fame and wealth, as well as his relationship with the Oompa Loompas. The teaser image shared online this weekend shows Chalamet in a velvet jacket, cylindrical top hat and a patterned scarf — not unlike the costume worn by Gene Wilder in the 1971 Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Fans also compared Chalamet here to Johnny Depp in Tim Burton's 2005 version, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
Either way, the comparison was skewed heavily by the current sentiment surrounding Chalamet. Fans felt that it was somewhat odd to see someone widely accepted as attractive playing this eccentric character, and they even perceived a smolder in his eyes that they thought represented a change in Wonka's character. Others thought this was a good fit, but they incurred plenty of backlash on social media.
Wonka is currently filming and is scheduled to premiere on March 17, 2023. From the looks of it, every subsequent peek at this film will send social media into an uproar. Here's a look at what people had to say about the first look this weekend.
I don’t need a sexy young Willy Wonka movie. Show me a wicked old, retired Wonka, on an unstoppable killing spree in his nursing home. Taking down seniors left and right with poisoned Werthers and booby-trapped pudding cups.— Josh Gondelman (@joshgondelman) October 11, 2021
Many people thought that a prequel about a young Wonka was an odd choice, and questioned who the target audience of such a project was. They proposed other additions to the franchise that they felt were more fitting.prevnext
In this one, Wonka fucks. https://t.co/pZOvmC7RsO— Ben Schwartz (@rejectedjokes) October 10, 2021
the sexification of willy wonka needs to stop.— Emma 🦷 (@emmalangevin) October 10, 2021
Chalamet has half the world swooning thanks to his early rom-com appearances, so he strikes many people as an odd choice for Wonka. However, others argued that Gene Wilder and Johnny Depp were also both considered sex symbols in their days.prevnext
TIMDAYA MY PEOPLE FOREVER 😭😭😭 https://t.co/M1sKDODaqz— ًgigi (@fiImdaya) October 10, 2021
Fans who are following Chalamet's personal life were quick to wonder what his friend, colleague and likely girlfriend Zendaya had to say about this costume. They found myriad ways to interpret her one-word comment on Instagram: "Absolutely."prevnext
gene wilder is the only valid willy wonka pic.twitter.com/yLgTCLo83S— reiss "reissecup" ecup (@reissecupalt) October 10, 2021
I love Gene Wilder & Johnny Depp’s takes on Willy Wonka but I think that Timothée Chalamet looks absolutely fabulous as a young Willy Wonka! pic.twitter.com/9myh8olUs1— Josh ❤️ Venom & Carnage #BlackLivesMatter (@supermangeek101) October 11, 2021
Fans were quick to establish their new lineup of favorite Wonka actors, and in general, Wilder seemed to be at the top. However, Depp had some die-hard followers, and of course, some were already prepared to put Chalamet up high as well.prevnext
fixed it pic.twitter.com/6Liej8MxDs— ʚ indi ɞ the JIMINTOBER enthusiast (@nanamindi) October 10, 2021
Some fans put together hasty edits to correct this teaser image to their taste — often inserting longer hair to match their vision of Wonka.prevnext
Grandpa Joe prequel is a Cronenberg style horror story about how he removes the legs of his in-laws and chains them to the bed so he never has to be alone again.— Dan Sandler (@Danielsand) October 11, 2021
Fans thought that a prequel about Charlie's grandparents might be more interesting, though a bit more dark. They figured it would explain how all four of them ended up so sick and why they all sleep in one large bed together.prevnext
Chalamet's Wonka owes a lot I'm just saying pic.twitter.com/rGULV8tb6j— Oculus Imperia's Carnivale Macabre (@OculusImperia) October 10, 2021
Finally, more than a few people thought Chalamet's costume here was familiar not from the Willy Wonka franchise, but from The Muppet Christmas Carol, where Gonzo wore an eerily similar hat and jacket combination.prev