Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is coming to Netflix during the Depp trial

As Johnny Depp’s high-profile libel trial against Amber Heard continues in court, Depp’s film Charlie and the Chocolate Factory has seen a spate of views – propelling the film into Netflix’s top 10.

The 2005 flick – which was directed by Tim Burton – found itself at number eight in the streaming giant’s top ten on Tuesday, Entertainment Weekly reported.

Based on Ronald Dahl’s 1964 book of the same name, Depp plays eccentric chocolatier Willy Wonka, who allows five children to tour his factory.

Burton’s adaptation came almost 30 years after the popular film starring the late Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka.

The later iteration grossed over $475 million worldwide and received generally positive reviews, though several people called Depp’s performance troubling. Other leading roles are played by Freddie Highmore, Helena Bonham Carter and Christopher Lee.

However, Wilder wasn’t a fan of the remake, although he said he liked the 58-year-old Depp’s performance.

The film grossed over $475 million worldwide and received generally positive reviews, although several people called Depp's performance disturbing.
The film grossed over $475 million worldwide.
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“It’s just a bunch of people sitting around thinking, ‘How can we make some more money?’ Why else would you remake Willy Wonka,” Wilder said in a 2013 interview.

“I see no point in going back and doing it all over again.”

Wilder added that the only thing stopping the poignancy is the fact that “Willy Wonka” isn’t in the title.

Depp is currently suing his ex-wife Amber Heard, 36, for $50 million over a comment published in The Washington Post in 2018, in which she said she was a victim of abuse but did not name him directly. Heard has also filed a countersuit alleging that Depp’s legal team defamed her.

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