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Timothée Chalamet as young Willy Wonka

It’s not pure imagination: Timothée Chalamet set to play young Willy Wonka

He’s got the golden ticket!

If a Sex and the City follow-up, a Clueless reboot, and a live-action remake of Akira wasn’t enough for you, there’s a Willy Wonka prequel on the way, starring none other than Timothée Chalamet.

According to Deadline, the Call Me By Your Name actor will star as a young Willy Wonka in Warner Bros and the Roald Dahl Story Co’s Wonka, which will track the idiosyncratic chocolatier’s adventures prior to opening the world’s most famous chocolate factory, as seen in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Plot details are currently under wraps, but we do know that the film is based on characters created by Roald Dahl and that Charlie Bucket won’t be featured (which makes sense, as he wouldn’t have been born yet). Chalamet will also be showing off his musical theatre skills for the first time, with Deadline reporting that the film will include several singing and dancing numbers. 

Wonka will be directed by Paul King, who co-wrote the screenplay with Simon Farnaby. David Heyman and Luke Kelly are on board as producers, while Michael Siegel is set to executive produce.

While you’re waiting for costume lewks, look back at Dazed’s investigation into Hollywood’s unbearable obsession with reboots here.