How to Watch ‘Wonka’: Is Timothée Chalamet’s New Movie Streaming or in Theaters?

‘Paddington’ filmmaker Paul King directs the latest adaptation of Roald Dahl’s beloved children’s novel

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Once again, Willy Wonka is reborn for a new generation, this time with “Dune” star Timothée Chalamet, who plays a young version of the character in “Wonka.” “Paddington” director Paul King helms the film, which introduces audiences to the up-and-coming chocolate maker and tracks his journey to becoming a legendary candymaker.

The film has already earned Chalamet a Golden Globe nomination for his interpretation of the iconic Roald Dahl character, and was a bona fide box office success with over $600 million worldwide.

Find an updated guide to how to watch “Wonka” below.

When did “Wonka” come out?

“Wonka” arrived in theaters nationwide on Friday, Dec. 15.

When is “Wonka” streaming?

“Wonka” debuted exclusively in theaters, but will be streaming on Max on March 8. The film is currently available to rent or purchase on Digital, and will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on Feb. 27.

What is “Wonka” rated?

“Wonka” is rated rated PG for some violence, mild language, and thematic elements.

Watch the “Wonka” trailer

Is “Wonka” a prequel to “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”?

Yes, “Wonka” acts as an origin story for the characters, first introduced in Dahl’s “Charlie and the Chocolate” factory. Here’s the complete synopsis:

“Based on the extraordinary character at the center of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl’s most iconic children’s book and one of the best-selling children’s books of all time, “Wonka” tells the wondrous story of how the world’s greatest inventor, magician and chocolate-maker became the beloved Willy Wonka we know today.”

From Paul King, writer/director of the ‘Paddington’ films, David Heyman, producer of ‘Harry Potter,’ ‘Gravity,’ ‘Fantastic Beasts’ and ‘Paddington,’ and producers Alexandra Derbyshire (the ‘Paddington’ films, ‘Jurassic World: Dominion’) and Luke Kelly (‘Roald Dahl’s The Witches’), comes an intoxicating mix of magic and music, mayhem and emotion, all told with fabulous heart and humor. Starring Timothée Chalamet in the title role, this irresistibly vivid and inventive big screen spectacle will introduce audiences to a young Willy Wonka, chock-full of ideas and determined to change the world one delectable bite at a time—proving that the best things in life begin with a dream, and if you’re lucky enough to meet Willy Wonka, anything is possible.”


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