Published 08/01/2020 10:11 AM
Charlie And The Chocolate Factory from 1971 is still considered a classic. The remake with Johnny Depp in the leading role could also be a success at the box office. But Dwayne Johnson almost performed as a cult figure Willy Wonka instead of Depp. Here's what Johnson has to say personally about the situation.
The blockbuster Charlie und Die Schokoladenfabrik from 1971 is based on the children's book of the same name by Roald Dahl. The book was filmed for the first time under the direction of Mel Stuart. Gene Wilder appeared in the cult role of Willy Wonka. In 2005, the remake was released, directed by Tim Burton. This time Johnny Depp was in the spotlight as Wonka. But as action star Dwayne Johnson reveals, it could have been almost different back then.
The actor is known to be very active on Instagram and regularly shares new information about upcoming films with his fans. But in this case Johnson looks back on the past. The star writes that he showed Charlie And The Chocolate Factory to his children for the first time. Shortly thereafter, he explains that Tim Burton almost considered giving him the role of Willy Wonka. At least for a few seconds, as Johnson later jokes. The fact that the filmmaker even considered him for the post is obviously a great honor for the ex-wrestler.
At that time, the role went to Johnny Depp, who was simply a bigger star than Johnson at the time, as reported by Cinema Blend, among others. Meanwhile, The Rock can look back on an extremely successful career, even without the cult role. Numerous blockbusters made the 48-year-old the popular Hollywood celebrity he is today. Johnson has already planned various projects in the future. For example, he became a superhero in the DC film Black Adam and appeared for Disney in the adventure film Jungle Cruise. Could you have imagined Dwayne Johnson as Willy Wonka?