Dwayne Johnson reveals that he could have played Willy Wonka instead of Johnny Depp

Actor Dwayne Johnson posted on his Instagram a video in which he told how he could become Willy Wonka in the 2005 film adaptation of Tim Burton:

“So shines a good deed, in a weary world” 👏🏾🙏🏾💫
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.
That’ll be my next project 🤣
Some cool history – back in the early 2000s, iconic director, Tim Burton had considered me to play Willy Wonka is his remake, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
I remember thinking “HOLY SHIT, IM IN” 🎶 😳🙋🏽‍♂️
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.
I’ll always raise a glass 🥃 to the dreams that don’t come true because sometimes they’re the best thing that never happened.

A few years earlier, Entertainment Tonight had published an article that, among other things, reported on Burton’s casting for roles in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. The director considered Johnson’s candidacy for more than 7 seconds. He was the second contender for the role if Depp couldn’t take part in the film.

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