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Report: Donald Glover on Short List to Play Willy Wonka

Donald Glover is reportedly on the short list to play Willy Wonka in a remake of Charlie & The Chocolate Factory commissioned by Warner Bros., according to Collider.

Willy Wonka is the quirky confectionary owner in the novel written by Roald Dahl that has been relived on screen portrayed by Gene Wilder in 1971 and most recently by Johnny Depp in 2005. Other actors on the shortlist contending for the part include Justice League star Ezra Miller and La La Land star Ryan Gosling.

The film will be directed by Paul King, written by Simon Rich and produced by David Heyman. It will allegedly be a prequel to Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory,  in which the origins of the chocolate maker are explored.

The role would be another huge win for the Atlanta star, who recently starred in Solo: A Star Wars Story as Lando Calrissian. It would also be a nod to Hollywood’s attempt to present more diversity onscreen.

Christina Santi is a news and culture writer for EBONY.com. Born and raised in the Bronx, New York, she considers herself a well-read, not so traditional feminist with a heavy interest in music, fashion and pop culture. Christina currently lives in New York City, where she refers to her Cuban & Jamaican descent often while writing about her experiences as a first-generation Afro-Latinx in America. She also devotes time writing personalized reading material for her tutees and turning ideas into words for streetwear brand, PUER By Noel Bronson.