With Warner Bros. recently shuffling their release date schedule for their upcoming DC films including Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, The Flash, and Black Adam, it has been reported that the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory prequel Wonka has also had its date pushed back.
According to Variety, the Timothée Chalamet-led Willy Wonka film has been moved from March 17, 2023, to December 15, 2023. However, the exact reasoning behind the new release date for Wonka has not been released.
Wonka will reportedly “focus on a young Willy Wonka and his adventures before opening the world’s most famous chocolate factory.” The film will take place before the events of the novel and is described as a “vivid, mythical beginnings of the imaginative young inventor before he becomes the renowned scrumdiddlyumptious Mozart of chocolate.”
The film, directed by Paddington’s Paul King, features a stacked cast including Timothee Chalamet, Olivia Colman, Hugh Grant, Rowan Atkinson, Sally Hawkins, Keegan-Michael Key, Jim Carter, Mathew Baynton, Tom Davis, Simon Farnaby, Rich Fulcher, Kobna Holdbrook-Smith, Paterson Joseph, Calah Lane, Matt Lucas, Colin O’Brien, Natasha Rothwell, Rakhee Thakrar, and Ellie White.