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Keegan-Michael Key to Star Alongside Timothee Chalamet in Willy Wonka Prequel

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I am uncertain about my feelings towards the upcoming prequel to Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (or Charlie and the Chocolate Factory). The story of the whimsical chocolatier building his candy empire with peculiar technology intrigues me, yet it is a cherished tale linked to Gene Wilder in my earliest memories. To make this prequel work, they must enlist exceptionally talented actors. While Timothee Chalamet is set to play Wonka, the addition of another accomplished actor has been revealed in a Deadline report.

Keegan-Michael Key will co-star in Wonka alongside Chalamet, though details about his role in the film remain undisclosed. The majority of the script is being kept secret by Warner Bros., leaving speculation about Key’s character at a standstill. However, considering his talent, whatever role he is assigned is likely to be portrayed with excellence.

Although renowned as one half of the comedic duo Key and Peele, Key has showcased his skills in various film and television projects, from live-action roles in Schmigadoon! and The Prom to voice roles in animated films like The Lego Movie, Toy Story 4, and the remake of The Lion King.

Directed by Paul King, known for the Paddington films, Wonka is in production with David Heyman as the producer. The filming is scheduled to commence this month, and the theatrical release of Wonka is anticipated on March 17, 2023.

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