Keegan-Michael Key will be starring in Wonka, a musical based on the early life of Willy Wonka, alongside Timothee Chalamet who will play Wonka.
Plot details and Key’s role have been kept under wraps, but we do know that the movie will be a prequel to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and will look at the upbringing of the infamous Wonka.
Charlie and his fellow golden ticket winners who appear in Roald Dahl’s book and the film, won’t be in Wonka.
Paul King (Paddington) is directing and David Heyman (Harry Potter) will produce the film.
King wrote the screenplay with Simon Farnaby with prior writers who include Simon Rich, Simon Stephenson, Jeff Nathanson, and Steven Levenson. Luke Kelly and Alexandra Derbyshire will serve as producers and Michael Siegel will executive produce.
Key is known for playing half of the comedic duo Key and Peele and he recently starred in Schmigadoon and The Prom. His other credits include Pitch Perfect 2, The Lego Movie, Toy Story 4, and Jon Favreau’s remake of The Lion King.
Wonka is scheduled to debut in theaters on March 17, 2023.