Watch the Wonka trailer with Timothee Chalamet plus Hugh Grant as an Oompa Loompa

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12 Jul 2023, 07:47

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Fans have been reacting to the release of the new Wonka trailer, starring Timothee Chalamet, and a scene-stealing appearance from Hugh Grant.

Chalamet plays Roald Dahl's creation, the whimsical Willy Wonka, and the latest take on him features more of his early life as he struggles against a chocolate cartel to set up shop.

Described in the trailer as "something of a magician, inventor and chocolate maker", the new clip is the first chance fans have had to see Chalamet's take on the role.

The biggest surprise for fans has been the reveal of Hugh Grant as one of the iconic Oompa Loompa characters.

Watch the trailer below:

Wonka appears to have trapped Grant's character in a glass jar and stares at him, with the familiar orange face and shock of green hair.

He says: "So you're the funny little man who's been following me?"

The Oompa Loompa replies: "I will have you know that I am a perfectly respectful size for an Oompa Loompa.... allow me to refresh your memory".

He then plays a tune while jigging and adds: "Too late... I've started dancing now, and once I've started I can't stop."

The star-studded cast also features Olivia Colman, Matt Lucas, Rowan Atkinson, Horrible Histories star Matthew Baynton and more.

Previous versions of the film starred Johnny Depp and Gene Wilder as the chocolate maker.

Fans have been sharing their thoughts about the trailer online.

“No daydreaming” giving off The Greatest Showman vibes! It’s also coming at Christmas. What a perfect time!" wrote one.

"Petition for all IMAX tickets to be gold", adds another.

One particularly excited fan replied: "THEY BROUGHT BACK THE ORIGINAL OOMPA LOOMPAS!!!"

However, not everyone is convinced: "I would be onboard for this, but it looks so saccharine and cheesy, without any of the underlying darkness or creepiness of either other Wonka movie. It looks like an HP film had a baby with Mary Poppins Returns. The film might still end up being great, but the trailer isn't," said one critic.

"Hmm...thought it was going for a darker tone from pictures of filming....looks a little too cheesy but will probably still see it" added another.

As for Hugh Grant, one fan adds: "I do not care for the trailer, and think it the most unnecessary (and likely awful) idea for a movie. However, I could easily watch Hugh Grant say “Too late, I’ve started dancing now.” on repeat for whatever remains of my natural life."

Will you be watching this? The film comes out in December.