Is Ryan Gosling Entering a World of Imagination as Young Willy Wonka?

There is a Willy Wonka prequel in the works to be helmed by producer David Heyman (Harry Potter series, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them). And it seems former Mouseketeer and La La Land star Ryan Gosling is in talks to play the eccentric chocolatier.

Willy Wonka is the creation of author Roald Dahl, featured in the 1964 children’s novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and its sequel Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory has previously been adapted into two films — in 1971 with the late Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka, and more recently in 2005 with Johnny Depp taking on the iconic role.

Tim Burton and Johnny Depp’s take on Willy Wonka was certainly different, and met with mostly negative, if not blase, reviews. Gene Wilder’s portrayal is nothing short of iconic. Ryan Gosling has proven he can take on comedic (see The Nice Guys) and musical (see La La Land) roles. As talented as he is, however, it will be a big hat to fill.

According to Variety, the film will be set before the events of Roald Dahl’s book but “will not be an origin tale.” Instead, it will see Wonka venture into Loompaland, where he meets his musical workers.

If successful, the upcoming prequel project could open the possibility for a franchise.

What do you think of Ryan Gosling bringing Willy Wonka to life? What do you think of another rehash of the character? Let’s discuss!

Michael Fromm
Michael Fromm
Michael E. Fromm is an all-around scrivener, writing screenplays (short and feature), short stories, novels, poetry, blogs, articles, and press releases. Since first learning to hold a pen, he has done little but read, watch, and write about characters and worlds of fantasy. It would be very difficult to find him without a pen in hand and an idea in mind, which is problematic for anyone wanting to have a conversation with him. Michael graduated from Rowan University, primarily focusing on improving his skills as a filmmaker and screenwriter. After said schooling, he joined an elite force of Rowan grads who also had the notion of becoming filmmakers. This group, known as Justice Productions, call on him every so often to write short films. And, until this whole writing thing pays off, Michael currently does development & marketing communication (writing, graphic & publication design, social media and website upkeep, etc.) for a web development company in Central New Jersey, where he currently resides.