Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Dwayne Johnson Reveals He Was Considered to Play Willy Wonka in ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’

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*Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson took to social media to reveal that he was considered to play Willie Wonka in Tim Burton’s “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.”

The role ultimately went to Johnny Depp.

On Sunday, Johnson took to social to gush about introducing his children to the 1971 film adaptation of the Roald Dahl classic. He shared a clip from the film on social media, starring Gene Wilder as Willie Wonka. Johnson noted that this version is one of his favorite films of all time. 

“They loved it and now fully expect me to deliver a room full of chocolate and candy,” Johnson joked. “That’ll be my next project.”

Check out his post 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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Johnson went on to share: “Some cool history – back in the early 2000’s, iconic director, Tim Burton had considered me to play Willy Wonka [in] his remake, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I remember thinking “HOLY SH*T, 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,” he wrote. 

Adding. “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.

Actors Bill Murray, Nicolas Cage, Jim Carrey, Michael Keaton, Brad Pitt, Will Smith, Adam Sandler, and many others, were reportedly in discussion with or considered by the studio to play Wonka in Burton’s adaption. 

Johnson also noted in his IG post that the fact that Burton even considered him,  “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,” he wrote.

“I’ll always raise a glass to the dreams that don’t come true, because sometimes they’re the best thing that never happened,” he concluded.

Burton’s “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” was a box office success, grossing $475 million worldwide.

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is an entertainment reporter with over 15 years of experience working in the film industry in areas including production and post-production, marketing, distribution, and acquisitions. She has worked for legendary film producer Roger Corman, Quentin Tarantino's production team at Miramax, the late Larry Flynt, MTV/ VH1, Hallmark Channel, Paramount, Jim Henson Co., Parade Magazine, and various LA-based companies representing above-the-line talent.

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