Actor Timothée Chalamet describes acting in new Wonka movie

Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka has been charming and frightening fans on the big screen for half a century.

Now, it's Oscar-nominee Timothée Chalamet's turn to stir the chocolate pot.

In 1971, Willy Wonka was first played by Gene Wilder - and in 2005 it was Johnny Depp's turn.

And in 2023 Timothée Chalamet takes the reins, and a little Wonka is just what we need right now in this crazy old world.

"This is a Wonka with a hat full of dreams, who wants to find a community who supports him that he loves, and he does. It's a very heartfelt movie," he told Newshub entertainment editor Kate Rodger.

The role was a heart-felt 'yes' for Chalamet, with much of that joy coming in the form of a little song and dance.

So was that an exciting prospect for him, or a terrifying one? 

"Both. Terrifying, but exciting at the possibility," he said.

"And what a gift, to do a theatre bootcamp for a living. Chris Cortelly, our choreographer - I worked a lot with him. James Taylor, our vocal coach - I had a whole, you know, you had a team.

"A whole village of Wonka... Wonka... Wonkaneers! A village of Wonkaneers!"

Wonkaneers indeed, plus a village full of assorted characters good and not so good, including Keegan-Michael Key's chocoholic Chief of Police.

Newshub asked how Chalamet would describe the relationship between the Chief of Police and Willy Wonka in the new film.

"He thought Willy was great, especially his chocolate. He thought his chocolate was amazing. He wished they could have been friends."

Chalamet and Wonka are spreading festive joy in cinemas across the country right now.

Watch the full interview above.