Timothee Chalamet has been likened to Bing Crosby by Wonka director Paul King.
The official premise of the Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory prequel reads:
'The story of how Willy Wonka went from a young adult selling chocolate in a small candy store to an eccentric genius known all the world over.'
In January of 2021, it was announced that Paddington 2 director King would direct the movie, while Chalamet was allegedly the first and only choice for the role of Willy Wonka, who was famously played by Gene Wilder in the 1971 classic.
Though the movie is not a musical, there are several songs sung by Chalamet, who apparently reminds King of the legend that is Crosby.
" got a beautiful singing voice," King told TotalFilm.
"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 also confirmed that Chalamet did not have to audition for the role of Wonka.
"It was a straight offer because he’s great, and he was the only person in my mind who could do it," the director revealed.
"But because he’s Timothee Chalamet and his life is so absurd, his high school musical performances are on YouTube and have hundreds of thousands of views. So I knew from scanning for Timmy Chalamet that he could sing and dance really well."
Wonka stars Chalamet, Calah Lane, Keegan-Michael Key, Paterson Joseph, Matt Lucas, Mathew Baynton, Sally Hawkins, Rowan Atkinson, Jim Carter, Tom Davis, Olivia Colman, and Hugh Grant.
Music / Fantasy
2023 • 112 minutes