Keegan-Michael Key has been cast in “Wanka”, a musical based on the early life of Willie Wanka. He will star alongside Timothy Chalamette, who is set to play the character of the famous chocolate.
Although plot details and key roles are kept secret, Wanka acts as a prequel to “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” and seeks to nurture the man who later built the famous confectionery temple.
Roald Dahl’s popular children’s book “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” follows a poor boy named Charlie Bucket, who won a gold ticket to visit the world-famous and heavily fortified chocolate factory, directed by Willie Wanka. Since the upcoming movie is held before the opening of the chocolate factory, Charlie and his fellow Golden Ticket winners will not be appearing on “Wanka”.
Paul King, known for “King Paddington” and its sequel, is directing “Wanka”. David Hayman (“Harry Potter”) will produce the film, which is expected to begin production in September.
King Simon wrote the screenplay with Farnabi, along with previous writers including Simon Rich, Simon Stephenson, Jeff Nathanson and Steven Levenson. Luke Kelly and Alexandra Derbyshire will work as producers and Michael Siegel will produce executive.
Key, who made his name as half of the comedy duo Key and Pill, recently starred in the adaptation of the Apple TV Plus musical TV series “Schmigadun” and Ryan Murphy’s “The Prom”. His accomplishments include “Peach Perfect 2”, “The Lego Movie”, “Toy Story 4” and remakes of John Favreau’s “The Lion King”.
“Wanka”, distributed by Warner Bros., is set to debut on March 17, 2023.