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Actors Tom Holland and Timothée Chalamet in the Running for the Same Role

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The acting talents of Tom Holland and Timothée Chalamet caught the eye of Hollywood producers looking to cast the perfect male actor in the lead role of a highly-anticipated soon-to-be-released film.

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Actors Tom Holland and Timoth√©e Chalamet have many things in common, despite the differences in the types of films in which they’ve starred over the years. Both have amassed multiple big-name film credits on their respective acting resumes, and both are in high demand in Hollywood. And recently, both were in the running for a coveted role in a long-overdue film at Warner Bros.

Because they are the same age and because of their undeniable popularity, Holland and Chalamet are often mentioned in the same sentence. Both actors are 27 years old and each has a career that rivals the other’s. Tom Holland’s name is nearly synonymous with the Spider-Man films, and Timoth√©e Chalamet is the face of the Dune film franchise.

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Tom Holland’s Career in Hollywood

Tom Holland, 27, began his acting career in the theater in 2008 when he played a supporting role in Billy Elliot the Musical.¬†Soon after, Holland began playing the title role in the musical–a role he embraced until 2010. His film debut was in¬†The Impossible¬†(2012) alongside actress Naomi Watts and actor Ewan McGregor. A year later, he appeared in¬†How I Live Now¬†(2013) and¬†In the Heart of the Sea (2015) with Chris Hemsworth.

Holland joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe in 2016, playing Peter Parker and Spider-Man in¬†Captain America: Civil War.¬†Holland played that role in seven of the franchise’s films, including the stand-alone films Spider-Man: Homecoming¬†(2017),¬†Far From Home (2019), and¬†No Way Home¬†(2021). He has also starred in the films¬†The Devil All the Time (2020), Disney/PIXAR’s Onward (2020), Cherry (2021), and Uncharted¬†(2022).

Timoth√©e Chalamet’s Acting Career

Timothée Chalamet, also 27, started acting in television as a teenager, first appearing in the SHOWTIME drama series Homeland in 2012. Two years later, in 2014, Chalamet made his film debut with a role in Men, Women, & Children and appeared in the science fiction film Interstellar by Christopher Nolan.

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Timoth√©e Chalamet in “Dune” (2021)/Credit: Warner Bros.

Chalamet first garnered international attention when he starred in the coming-of-age film Call Me By Your Name (2017). His role earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor. He also had supporting roles in Lady Bird (2017) and Little Women (2019). More recently, Chalamet played Paul Atreides in the science-fiction film Dune (2021). The second installment in the Dune franchise is slated to make its box office debut in March 2024.

Tapped for the Same Quirky Role

The latest issue of Total Film Magazine offers confirmation that both Holland and Chalamet were considered for the lead role in the upcoming prequel to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005), titled Wonka. News of Holland being considered for the role came in 2021 when the film was originally given a release date.

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“Wonka” (2023)/Credit: Warner Bros.

Ultimately, the part of Willy Wonka, the quirky chocolatier, was given to Timoth√©e Chalamet. Producer David Heyman praised Chalamet’s talents, saying he has the exact qualities needed for the Wonka character in the film.

‚Äú[Chalamet] is a great actor, eminently likable, he has a twinkle in his eye, he‚Äôs very sensitive,” said Wonka producer David Heyman. “[He] can handle the comedy, the drama, the emotion. He‚Äôs got a voice like an angel. You always feel that there‚Äôs a truth to his performance. He‚Äôs warm and really tender, but he‚Äôs hip.‚ÄĚ

Heyman also said that Chalamet’s role in¬†Wonka¬†will be “different from what we’ve seen” of the actor in his career up to this point.

‚ÄúThis is different from what we‚Äôve seen of Timmy,” Heyman explained. “He‚Äôs very ambitious for his craft. He wants to work with people who are going to challenge him, in roles that are going to challenge him.‚ÄĚ

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Wonka director Paul King agreed with Heyman, saying that of all the actors who’ve embodied the character of Willy Wonka, Chalamet is his favorite.

‚ÄúI just think he‚Äôs absolutely one of the great actors of his generation,” King said. “He‚Äôs incredibly present. He‚Äôs so extraordinarily precise, and he can sing, dance, he‚Äôs very funny, and he has that slightly unknowable, manic kind of strangeness. Some wonderful, wonderful actors have played Willy Wonka, but he‚Äôs my favorite.‚ÄĚ

About Becky Burkett

Becky's from the Lone Star State and has been writing since she was 10 and encountered her first Disney Park when she was 11. It was love at first Main Street Electrical Parade. Joy is blank lined journals, 0.7 mm pens, and all things Walt, Woody and Buzz, PIXAR, Imagineering, Sleeping Beauty (make it blue!), Disney Parks history and EPCOT. At Disney World, you'll find her croonin' with the birdies at the Enchanted Tiki Room or hangin' with Woody and the gang at Toy Story Land. If you can dream, you really can do it!

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