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The Original Cast of 'Willy Wonka' Share Their Thoughts on Upcoming Timothee Chalamet Prequel

The Original Cast of 'Willy Wonka' Share Their Thoughts on Upcoming Timothee Chalamet Prequel

It was announced in May that Timothee Chalamet would play a young Willy Wonka in a new prequel from Warner Bros. called Wonka and now the stars of the original film are sharing their thoughts!

In an interview with People ahead of the original movie’s 50th anniversary this week, Peter Ostrum (Charlie Bucket), Julie Dawn Cole (Veruca Salt), Paris Themmen (Mike Teevee) and Michael Bollner (Augustus Gloop) discussed how they felt about prequel.

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Peter Ostrum told the outlet that he appreciated the 2005 version of the film, which starred Johnny Depp, because it helped introduce the original movie to a new audience.

Johnny Depp‘s version actually kind of helped our film,” he explained. “Parents saw that film with their kids and their kids had never seen the original and the parents’ reaction was, ‘This was nice, but you need to see the original.’”

“It brought the original film back to the forefront again,” he added. “It introduced a whole new generation — a whole new audience to the original film.”

“As Julie likes to say, ‘There’s room for all of us. We can all play well together in the sandbox,’” he continued. “And the prequel will shed more light on early Wonka.”

The prequel is slated for a 2023 release and is being written by Simon Rich and directed by Paddington director Paul King.

“But again, there’s been so many different versions of Willy Wonka, be it on Broadway, opera, a pinball machine… you can’t kill the Willy Wonka story,” Peter said. “So all of it is good. It’s a great story. And people enjoy whatever different version they’re watching; it’s fun to watch. So I think we’re all looking forward to the prequel.”

Four other actors were actually considered for the role of Willy Wonka in the movie. Find out who!

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