Olivia Colman thinks Timothée Chalamet is "magical" in Wonka

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11 Dec 2022, 23:32

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But we're going to have to wait until 2023 to see it/him.

Olivia Colman has heaped praise on Timothée Chalamet's performance as Willy Wonka in the upcoming musical film, describing it as “magical.” 

The pair appear in Wonka together, Paul King’s prequel to Roald Dahl’s 1964 novel (and 1971 film) Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

The story focuses on a young Willy Wonka before he opens his famous factory. 

Colman's role in the film is currently undisclosed, but spoke to Variety at the premiere for Empire of Light last week and praised Chalamet's performance as the eccentric chocolatier.

“He’s doing something different," she said. "It’s such a treat. He’s so beautiful on-screen. He’s magical.”

The film has been written by Paddington pair King and Simon Farnaby, and boasts cast that includes Sally Hawkins, Keegan-Michael Key, Matt Lucas and Rowan Atkinson.

Neil Hannon of the Northern Irish band The Divine Comedy is set to provide the music. 

It is scheduled to be released on December 15th, 2023. Which is too far away.

Incidentally, stars of the 1971 film recently revealed that the iconic chocolate river in said film was actually extremely "disgusting", which shatters loads of nice dreams we've had.

In an interview with Polygon, stars Michael Bollner (Augustus Gloop), Julie Dawn Cole (Veruca Salt) and Peter Gardner Ostrum (Charlie Bucket) shared some inside scoops about the chocolate river - apparently it was just "stinky water".

Bollner explained that the water was extremely cold, and he had to jump in and out of it all day with wet clothes, making for a unpleasant experience.

Cole added that the water had actually been set up for nearly three weeks. Making matters much worse, she said, "It had the lights on it, and people were emptying their coffee cup dregs into it."

Ah, the magic of cinema!