Forget Timotheé Chalamet, we've already had a Jewish Wonka

Andy Samberg wore the iconic purple coat in 2011 SNL clip


The film world has been abuzz this summer after a new trailer for the latest reboot of Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was released.

Wonka, set to be released around Christmas this year, tells the origin story of Dahl's famous factory owner-cum-Oompa Loompa enslaver. Starring Timotheé Chalamet in the title role as well as Hugh Grant as one of his orange helpers, the trailer has generate both anticipation and revulsion.

While Timotheé Chalamet may be the latest actor of Jewish origin to play the chocolatier, he's hardly the first. In the classic 1971 film, Gene Wilder (born Jerome Silberman) played Willy Wonka in what many consider to be his most iconic iteration.

But, Gene Wilder and Chalamet aren't the only Jews to take a crack at the role. In an SNL sketch from 2011, Brooklyn 99 actor Andy Samberg takes on the challenge of playing 'Jewish Willy Wonka' to rescue his fellow tribesman Ben Stiller from the horror of Yom Kippur fasting.

In the clip, Stiller starts his monologue on the iconic New York show by saying he's 'woozy' from a day of fasting.

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