Tim Burton revealed that he will be launching a remake of one of the classic movie Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory for which everyone thought Jonny Depp will be the right choice since he excellently fits in such roles.
Regardless, Depp being an excellent collaborator to the director, the role was offered to some another actor.
Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson via his Instagram post revealed that he was chosen for the movie by sharing a clip from 1971 musical. In his post, he wrote, “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.”
He further added that “Some cool history – back in the early 2000s, iconic director, Tim Burton had considered me to play Willy Wonka in his remake, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.” “I remember thinking ‘HOLY SHIT, IM IN,” he exclaimed.
He also continued, “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 into the business with no idea what the future had in store,” says Johnson.
“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 exclaimed.
With the message of “#BigBrownBaldTattooedWonka” he concluded.
The Charlie and the Chocolate Factory directed by Burton, came in 2005, with Freddie Highmore playing Charlie Bucket. Helena Bonham Carter, Burton’s then-partner played the role of Charlie’s mum Mrs. Bucket.