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Ryan Gosling is rumoured to be playing a young Willy Wonka

He could prance into the shoes of Gene Wilder and Johnny Depp

Published: Friday, 7th July 2017 at 12:20 pm

It’s all one big song and dance for Ryan Gosling at the moment – what with his Oscar win for La La Land in February, and now rumours are brewing that he’s going to play a young Willy Wonka in a forthcoming reboot.


Last year it was reported that Warner Bros were planning a movie about the early life of Willy Wonka from Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

The rumours that Gosling – who proved his singing and dancing capabilities in La La Land – come from That Hashtag Show who claim that Gosling himself has expressed an interest in the role, and that Warner Bros is looking for an actor aged between 29 and 35. Gosling just misses this age range at 36.

Willy Wonka was previously brought to life by the late, great Gene Wilder in 1971 and by Johnny Depp in 2005.

If the rumours are true, we can probably expect Gosling to take a deadpan approach to the character – much like Wilder did – as opposed to Depp’s more zany and psychedelic impression.

Watch this space...


In the meantime, you can see Gosling in Blade Runner 2049 which will hit UK cinemas this October.


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