Dwayne Johnson Says Tim Burton Considered Him For Willy Wonka

Actor Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka in Willy Wonka

Willy Wonka is an interesting, if not somewhat frightening individual. Portrayed masterfully by Gene Wilder in the original film, and then by Johnny Depp is the most recent version of the film. The role seems to come with a certain weirdness that the actor playing the part needs to have.

How would an actor that, at least on the surface does not have that certain weirdness fair in the role?

Well, how’s this for a Willy Wonka casting, a very different Willy Wonka casting, Dwayne Johnson. Probably not the first choice to come to anyone’s mind, except the eccentric mind of the master of the macabre, Tim Burton. The Rock revealed this is an Instagram post you can check out below.

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This morning I introduced our babies to one of my all time fav films – Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory. They loved it and now fully expect me to deliver a room full of chocolate and candy. That’ll be my next project 🤣 Some cool history – back in the early 2000’s, iconic director, Tim Burton had considered me to play Willy Wonka is his remake, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I remember thinking “HOLY SHIT, IM IN” 🎶 😳🙋🏽‍♂️ But that was many years ago when I was just starting out in Hollywood with no foundation of global box office strength or any real acting experience to even pull it off. The role, of course went to Johnny Depp, who at that time was the biggest star in the world. The rest was history. And down the road I went. The fact that Tim even considered me (albeit I’m sure he considered for all of 7 seconds:) sure meant a helluva lot to me as I was just breaking in to the business with no idea what the future had in store. I’ll always raise a glass 🥃 to the dreams that don’t come true, because sometimes they’re the best thing that never happened. #BigBrownBaldTattooedWonka 🍫💪🏾

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I don’t think many would disagree with me in saying this would have been an interesting casting choice to say the least. As the Rock said he was just starting out back then, but now is a different story. With all the crazy s**t that has happened in 2020, can we please have some really cool crazy s**t happen? Such as a new Wonka film with Dwayne Johnson as the famous candy maker?

I think you’d be hard-pressed to find many who wouldn’t watch this film. If not for the love of The Rock, then out of sheer morbid curiosity. Having said all that, I am pretty sure Johnson would surprise any doubters and give us a great Willy Wonka.

What are your thoughts on Rock Wonka? Let us know in the comments down below!

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