In a recent interview with Total Film, Wonka director Paul King teased the big musical numbers in Warner Bros.’ upcoming fantasy movie. King revealed he doesn’t really consider it a musical since the project felt “more like a movie with songs than a musical.” He also went on to praise Oscar nominee Timothée Chalamet’s performance, which reminded him of legendary singer-actor Bing Crosby.
“[Chalamet]’s got a beautiful singing voice.” King said. “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.”
Who’s the Cast of the Wonka Movie?
Based on the character created by Roald Dahl, Wonka will focus on a young Willy Wonka and his adventures prior to opening the world’s most famous chocolate factory. The prequel will be led by Timothee Chalamet as a young version of the eccentric Chocolate Factory owner. The character was previously portrayed by Gene Wilder in the iconic 1971 film, as well as Johnny Depp in the hit 2005 version.
Joining Chalamet are Hugh Grant, Rowan Atkinson, Matthew Baynton, Jim Carter, Olivia Colman, Tom Davis, Simon Farnaby, Rich Fulcher, Sally Hawkins, Kobna Holdbrook-Smith, Paterson Joseph, Keegan-Michael Key, Calah Lane, Matt Lucas, Colin O’Brien, Natasha Rothwell, Rakhee Thakrar, and Ellie White. As seen in the official trailer, Grant will be portraying an Oompa-Loopa.
Wonka is directed by Paddington filmmaker Paul King from a screenplay he co-wrote with Simon Farnaby. Producers include David Heyman, Luke Kelly, and Alexandra Derbyshire.