Behold, The First Look At Timothée Chalamet As A Young Willy Wonka
A few months ago, we learned that Timothée Chalamet was cast as a young Willy Wonka in an origin-story movie in a vein similar to Cruella. Do we need it? No. Are we getting it? Sure are! And Timmy released the first picture of him in his Willy Wonka costume recently and people are talking about it. It seems that some people are upset at how “sexy” this Willy Wonka is. I’m not sure I’m getting sex appeal from this iteration of a sociopathic recluse who owns a candy factory, but I guess we’ll see if there’s a scene where Willy Wonka masturbates with a candied peach.
25-year-old Timothée posted a behind-the-scenes picture of his new film, Wonka, which he’s currently filming in the UK and is reportedly due out in 2023. The cast also includes Olivia Colman, Matt Lucas, Natasha Rothwell, Keegan-Michael Key, Sally Hawkins, and Rowan Atkinson. The picture that Timothée shared features him in full Willy Wonka drag, and one of his fanciful cane which is hiding a present, which I’m sure is full of high-grade cocaine judging by Willy Wonka’s behavior and mental status.
Kiernan Shipka of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina wrote: “OH MY GOD,” and Zendaya commented: “Absolutely.” And MTV’s social media intern wrote: “I’m gonna have dreams about this tonight…” Do they mean a sex dream or a sleep paralysis demon? You decide!
The New York Post says that people’s reactions were mixed. Some people thought it was comedic seeing Timothée dressed up like the Manhattanite hipster who only leaves the island to run an underground speakeasy that only serves liquid oxygen to rich kids:
Brave choice to make Willy Wonka’s origin story set in 2010 Williamsburg. pic.twitter.com/cqtJBCByJK
— sam greisman (@SAMGREIS) October 10, 2021
Others took issue with what they found to be the “sexification” of Willy Wonka.
the sexification of willy wonka needs to stop.
— Emma 🦷 (@emmalangevin) October 10, 2021
I don’t know… is Timothée gonna play this like an aloof, sexy New York City cool-kid? Because that’s quite a far stretch from the childishly manic hazardous behavior of the older version. Unless in Wonka, Willy goes to a rich-kids party in the big city and overdoses on acid, triggering a life-long series of acid flashes. That would make total narrative sense.