Donald Glover reportedly in talks to play Willy Wonka


#Donald Glover reportedly features on a shortlist for possible lead actors in a new Willy Wonka movie.

The Collider claims that Warner Bros. are in talks with the actor and musician, who is in the running to play the chocolate factory owner in a new Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory spin-off.

Warner Bros. also hired the director Paul King – who most recently led the new Paddington 2 film – for the project four months ago. Harry Potter producer David Heyman and screenwriter Simon Rich are also involved.

Alongside Donald Glover, actors #RyanGosling and #EzraMiller (who stars in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them) have also been shortlisted for the role.

The new Willy Wonka title will not be a remake of the iconic original.. Adapted from Roald Dahl’s 1964 book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Gene Wilde starred as Willy Wonka in the 1971 film version, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.

Johnny Depp later starred as Willy Wonka in a 2005 reboot.

This forthcoming title, however, looks set to head in a different direction. It is reportedly a prequel exploring the chocolate factory owner’s origin story, and how he came to acquire the magical premises.


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