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The dark side of Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka: How Hollywood - including the latest film...

•, By Jo Tweedy

Released in UK cinemas on December 8th, the Warner Bros. Pictures musical fantasy film sees Timothee Chalamet as Wonka; the Hollywood actor leads an all-star cast that includes Sally Hawkins, Rowan Atkinson, Olivia Colman - and Hugh Grant as an Oompa-Loompa.  

It will be the third time Dahl's 1964 children's classic has been adapted for the big screen, with Gene Wilder and Johnny Depp playing Wonka in 1971 and 2005 respectively.

This time around, the focus is on Wonka's backstory and how he became the world's most famous chocolatier, rather than Charlie Bucket's golden ticket-winning tour of his factory.

The film follows Wonka as he opens his first shop, when his factory is still a pipe dream and Paddington director Paul King is at the helm. 

From the two trailers released in advance, Chalamet's curly haired Wonka delivers all the Hollywood gloss you might expect of a film released in the holiday season - one critic has described the French American actor's Wonka as 'infinitely charming'.