Published: Fri, June 08, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Dora Pope

Donald Glover & Ryan Gosling Rumored for Willy Wonka Shortlist

Donald Glover & Ryan Gosling Rumored for Willy Wonka Shortlist

The prequel film - which is thought to explore Wonka's back story - is now being developed by Warner Bros., who have hired Paddington director Paul King and Harry Potter producer David Heyman to steer the ship.

Donald Glover may be headed to the Chocolate Factory. Instead, it'll reportedly be a prequel following Wonka's origins before he becomes the famed innovator.

Paddington 2 director Paul King was in talks to helm the project from a script by Simon Rich (Inside Out), although a release date has yet to be announced. If rumors are correct, the film could chart the confectioner's road to fame and fortune, and hopefully how he met the Oompa Loompas. Ryan Gosling played a somber replicant enforcer in Blade Runner 2049 and Ezra Miller wowed audiences with his plucky take on the Flash in last year's Justice League.

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Collider notes, however, that Glover has been actively pursuing the role - though he may find that his schedule is too packed, what with work on the re-make of The Lion King - in which he'll play Simba - underway.

As more details appear, we'll keep you in the know. And what a difference it would be with him than Johnny Depp, who led Tim Burton's 2005 adaptation of the novel.

Ever since Gene Wilder limped his way down that red carpet to the sound of awkward silence, movie goers have been fascinated by the eccentric and mysterious candy mogul Willy Wonka.

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