Ryan Gosling & Donald Glover Shortlisted to Play Willy Wonka

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The prequel film - which is thought to explore Wonka's back story - is now being developed by Warner Bros., who have hired Paddington director Paul King and Harry Potter producer David Heyman to steer the ship. Collider reports that Warner Bros. has narrowed its shortlist for the lead in a new movie based on Willy Wonka, who first appeared in Roald Dahl's book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and the selection includes Ryan Gosling, Donald Glover, and Ezra Miller.

Donald Glover, 34, is reportedly up for a role starring as the legendary candy maker. How did he meet those Oompa Loompas?

The project hails from Harry Potter producer David Heyman and screenwriter Simon Rich (Man Seeking Woman), and it's rumored to be a prequel that will explore Wonka's origin story.

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Glover is fresh off Lucasfilm's Solo: A Star Wars Story, while Gosling and Miller have a recent history of working with Warner Bros. on Blade Runner: 2049 and Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, respectively.

Glover has "actively been chasing this role", and considering how hot he is at the moment (#1 box office hit, #1 single, best television show airing at the moment), if he wants it, he will probably make it happen. You know, the Ryan Gosling.

Time is a precious thing - and so is the much vaunted role of Willy Wonka. Johnny Depp stepped into a remake in 2005.

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