Wonka director Paul King is all praises for Timothée Chalamet’s singing skills.
“[Chalamet]’s got a beautiful singing voice,” King said, as per Total Film magazine.
“The person it reminded me of was Bing Crosby. There’s quite a range, because it does go from a couple of bigger, showstopper-y sort of things, to moments of real, pure emotion and he can do it all… I’m going to sound like a crazed fan.”
King is hesitant to label the movie as a musical despite the fact that it includes several musical numbers.
“The Oompa Loompas sing a lot in the book, and Dahl always uses poetry. But I didn’t want it to just become a musical where people are singing dialogue to each other for no discernible reason. I felt like it was more like a movie with songs than a musical,” the director said.
Keegan-Michael Key, Rowan Atkinson, Sally Hawkins, Olivia Colman, Jim Carter, Matt Lucas, Natasha Rothwell, Tom Davis, Mathew Baynton, and Simon Farnaby are among the actors that are the cast of Wonka.
Along with Peter Joseph, Rich Fulcher, Kobna Holdbrook-Smith, Calah Lane, Colin O'Brien, Rahkee Thakrar, Ellie White, Murray McArthur, and Tracy Ifeachor, Hugh Grant portrays an Oompa-Loompa.
Roald Dahl's characters from the 1964 novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which served as the basis for two earlier films, served as the inspiration for Wonka.
Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka in the Mel Stuart-helmed movie from 1971. A new version of the 2005 film, directed by Tim Burton and starring Johnny Depp as Willy Wonka, was also produced by Warner Bros.