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Ryan Gosling May Be The Next Willy Wonka

“There’s no earthly way of knowing in which direction we are going,” but, there is a possibility that La La Land star Ryan Gosling may be trading in is romantic dance moves for some dancing Oompa Loompas.

In October of last year, it was announced that producer David Heyman (Harry Potter, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them) and Warner Bros. Pictures would be teaming up yet again but this time, they would be taking on the beloved, 1970s classic film, Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory.

Variety reported that Warner Bros. had officially acquired the rights to the Willy Wonka intellectual property from the Roald Dahl Estate with plans to develop a brand new film production center around the classic character.  Sources explained that the film would not necessarily be a Willy Wonka origin story but, rather, a standalone film depicting Wonka’s early adventures, prior to his meeting Charlie Bucket and the rest of the kids in the Wonka Factory.

Until recently, there has been little to no additonal buzz about this film since that announcement.  Last week, however several outlets began reporting that the film is begining its search for the charismatic lead role of Willy Wonka.  Sources have been reporting that Gosling may be in the lead of those currently being considered for the role.  This news originated from That Hash Tag Show, which said their sources revealed that Gosling is interested in the role but that it has not yet been officially confirmed.

Warner Bros. is said to currently be searching for an actor between the ages of 29 and 35, which would make sense if they were doing a film about Willy Wonka’s early years.  Gosling falls just outside of that age range but would still be an excellent choice for the role.  Gosling’s comedic timing and subtlty to his delivery could be more remimincent to the original role’s actor Gene Wilder and would be a refreshing return to the feel of the original film, especially after Tim Burton’s 2005 remake with Johnny Depp.

While nothing is yet confirmed, this is one of those rumors that we just hope becomes true!  What do you think of Ryan Gosling being considered for the role of Willy Wonka?  Who do you think would be the best choice to take on the iconic role?  Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below!

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A self-proclaimed nerd, karaoke junkie, craft beer enthusiast and lover of all things pop culture, Denise enjoys all facets of entertainment from Broadway to box office blockbusters. In her spare time, she enjoys photography, concerts (lots and lots of concerts), volunteering, reading and playing with her rescue kitten, Samantha (who rescued who, right?). Denise currently resides in Long Island, New York and is honored to be a part of the Fan Fest News team!