Willy Wonka’s new film recruits Keegan Michael Key
Keegan-Michael Key has a new gig. The Emmy winner is now part of the cast for the upcoming film, Wonka. The film tells the story of the famous character Willy Wonka from author Roald Dahl. As for the role Key will play in the new movie, details are being kept under wraps.
According to Deadline, Wonka will focus on a younger version of the character “and his adventures before opening the world’s most famous chocolate factory”. Key plays alongside Timothée Chalamet, who sings and dances in the title role of Wonka. The media was also the first to report the news of Chalamet’s role.
Wonka is the character who owns a glorious chocolate factory. The character was featured in Dahl’s 1964 book and its sequel, Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator. Wonka is also the keeper of the Oompa-Loompas, whom Wonka saved from the enemies of Loompaland. The blue characters make Wonka’s candies. The character was featured in the film adaptation of the 1971 book and played by Gene Wilder.
Paul King is the director. The screenplay was written by Simon Farnaby. Previous writers including Simon Rich, Simon Stephenson, Jeff Nathanson, and Steven Levenson. David Heyman is producing the film through his production company Heyday Films. Luke Kelly and Alexandra Derbyshire are also producing. Michael Siegel is the executive producer.
Key won Emmy Awards for Comedy Central Key and Peel and has been in demand lately. He recently starred in the AppleTV + comedy musical series Schmigadoon! He also has a role in the upcoming film Hotel Transylvania: Transformania, which will be available to stream on Amazon Prime from Sony Pictures. Key also starred in Ryan Murphy’s Netflix movie. Prom last year as well as that of Netflix Jingle Jangle: A Christmas trip. Other roles include a small feature in the third installment of Perfect. He is replaced by UTA and Brecheen Feldman Breimer.