[News] Witness the Origins of the Horror Legend WONKA in New Trailer

[News] Witness the Origins of the Horror Legend WONKA in New Trailer

I know what you’re thinking. How the heck is Willy Wonka a horror legend? If you haven’t read the original novel or watched the much-beloved film (not the Tim Burton one), it can be confusing. However, in order to determine his successor, he put five children and their families through odd tests. If they failed? The physical consequences were a worthy starter kit for body horror fans everywhere.

Well, now we’re getting a chance to go back and time and witness the birth of Willy Wonka. From Warner Bros Pictures comes the first trailer of WONKA, which seems to craft a magical tale through whimsy and splendor. Starting from the bottom, Wonka is willing to bet it all on a dream. And since this is from the writer/director of the Paddington films, this tale might not dive into the horrifying as we originally thought.

Based on the extraordinary character at the center of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl’s most iconic children’s book and one of the best-selling children’s books of all time, WONKA tells the wondrous story of how the world’s greatest inventor, magician and chocolate-maker became the beloved Willy Wonka we know today.

More about WONKA

From Paul King, writer/director of the Paddington films, David Heyman, producer of Harry Potter, Gravity, Fantastic Beasts, and Paddington, and producers Alexandra Derbyshire (the Paddington films, Jurassic World: Dominion) and Luke Kelly (Roald Dahl’s The Witches), comes an intoxicating mix of magic and music, mayhem and emotion, all told with fabulous heart and humor.

Starring Timothée Chalamet in the title role, this irresistibly vivid and inventive big screen spectacle will introduce audiences to a young Willy Wonka, chock-full of ideas and determined to change the world one delectable bite at a time—proving that the best things in life begin with a dream, and if you’re lucky enough to meet Willy Wonka, anything is possible.

Who else stars?

Starring alongside Chalamet are Calah Lane (The Day Shall Come), Emmy and Peabody Award winner Keegan-Michael Key (The Prom, “Schmigadoon”), Paterson Joseph (“Vigil,” “Noughts + Crosses”), Matt Lucas (Paddington, “Little Britain”), Mathew Baynton (“The Wrong Mans,” “Ghosts”), Oscar nominee Sally Hawkins (The Shape of Water, the Paddington films, Spencer), Rowan Atkinson (the Johnny English and Mr. Bean films, Love Actually), Jim Carter (“Downton Abbey”), with Oscar winner Olivia Colman (The Favourite).

The film also stars Natasha Rothwell (“White Lotus,” “Insecure”), Rich Fulcher (Marriage Story, “Disenchantment”), Rakhee Thakrar (“Sex Education,” “Four Weddings and a Funeral”), Tom Davis (Paddington 2, “King Gary”) and Kobna Holdbrook-Smith (Paddington 2, Mary Poppins Returns).

WONKA will only be in theaters December 15, 2023.

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