2021: The Year of Timothée Chalamet


In the last few years, Timothée Chalamet has emerged as a breakout movie star, with his work adored by many. Born and raised in Manhattan, Chalamet had always been passionate about theatre and fine arts. Throughout his high school career at LaGuardia High School of Music & Arts, he worked tirelessly to hone his craft and make his first impression in the industry. After briefly attending Columbia University, he dropped out of college to pursue his acting endeavors. From there, he made appearances in short films and eventually television shows. However, the breakthrough moment in his career was in 2017, when he went on to star in 3 popular films: Hostiles, Lady Bird, and Call Me By Your Name. These movies specifically launched his career and attracted much attention to him from all over the world. After receiving many accolades such as Golden Globe and Oscar nominations, Chalamet has become a young sensation, and his fanbase only continues to grow. With the release of a few highly-anticipated films this year, Chalamet is on track to be one of the most widely-acclaimed figures of the year in the entertainment industry.

Released in October of this year, Chalamet starred in the sci-fi film Dune. Based on Frank Herbert’s 1965 novel, the film tells the story of a space prince named Paul Atreides (Chalamet), whose dad is caught in a war over the planet Arrakis. Dune already has a fan following from the books, and the fact that Chalamet is the lead has created high expectations among the audience awaiting the film. Since its release, Dune has been critically acclaimed, with 88% positive reviews on Rotten Tomatoes. There has also been talk about it being a possible contender for technical awards in categories such as production design and cinematography. Critics have also praised Chalamet heavily for his contributions and expect a high level of work from him going forward.

Chalamet has also been recognized for his role in the film The French Dispatch, released on the same day as Dune. Timothée appears in the second chapter, titled Revisions to a Manifesto and plays the role of a wild kid named Zeffirelli, who orchestrates an anarchist student rebellion in Ennui-sur-Blasé. The film first made its debut in theatres as a limited release on October 22nd, 2021 in the US before going worldwide a week later. By receiving the honor to work with award-winning director Wes Anderson on this piece, it is evident that Chalamet’s career has flourished and will continue to thrive.

Chalamet also announced on his Instagram account that he has begun filming for the upcoming film Wonka by posting a photo of him in a velvet coat and top hat and a second photo of Wonka’s cane. This project is a Warner Bros’ adaptation of the story of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which is set to release in March 2023. The movie-musical, directed by Paul King, is meant to focus on Willy Wonka’s life prior to opening his chocolate factory.

Not only has Chalamet had a year packed with films, but he also was involved in a significant cultural and fashion celebration, the Met Gala. Chalamet was a co-chair at this year’s event, along with singer Billie Eilish, tennis player Naomi Osaka, and poet Amanda Gorman. The theme was American Independence, and his business-casual attire, designed by multiple people instead of the usual single designer, set precedents for the future of the Gala. His fashion wasn’t the only compelling thing that happened that night. At the start of the event, Chalamet hosted an Instagram Live, which took place at the Frick Madison Museum, and the camera followed him as he walked down much of 5th Avenue, despite the bombardment of fans and followers. Chalamet ended up walking a total of 10 blocks until he made his entrance at the Gala.

Chalamet’s name is all over movie and fashion articles. It’s safe to say that 2021 was an extremely successful year for Timothée Chalamet, and there may be many more to come.




USA Today