Tue. Feb 27th, 2024

Wonka director Paul King has praised Timothée Chalamet’s “stunning” singing voice, saying the actor’s vocal work whereas filming the prequel fiml reminded him of Thirties icon Bing Crosby.

King spoke of Chalamet’s efficiency because the titular chocolatier in a latest interview with Complete Movie. The director, who beforehand helmed each instalments of the Paddington movie franchise, mentioned Chalamet showcased “fairly a variety” whereas singing a number of music numbers all through Wonka.

“[Chalamet]’s received a gorgeous singing voice,” King mentioned. “The particular person it jogged my memory of was Bing Crosby. There’s fairly a variety, as a result of it does go from a few larger, showstopper-y kind of issues, to moments of actual, pure emotion, and he can do all of it.”

Elsewhere within the interview, King mentioned that whereas there are quite a few singing scenes in Wonka, he’s hesitant to label the movie a musical. “I didn’t need it to simply turn into a musical the place individuals are singing dialogue to one another for no discernible motive,” King defined. “I felt prefer it was extra like a film with songs than a musical.”

Earlier this 12 months, King once more praised Chalamet’s music chops in an interview with Rolling Stone, pinpointing the actor’s viral highschool theatre exhibits because the second he started “stanning” Chalamet.

“His highschool musical performances are on YouTube and have lots of of 1000’s of views,” King mentioned. “So I knew from stanning for Timmy Chalamet that he might sing and dance rather well.”

King is the third director to helm a movie adaptation of the Roald Dahl story, following Mel Stuart’s 1971 model and Tim Burton’s Charlie and the Chocolate Manufacturing unit in 2005. For his half, King’s Wonka will hint the character’s origin story and makes an attempt to open his first chocolate store.

The trailer for Wonka arrived in July, with a launch date set for December 15, 2023. Chalamet will star reverse fellow castmates Rowan Atkinson, Olivia Coleman and Hugh Grant as an Oompa-Loompa.

Grant’s casting drew criticism from actor George Coppen, who mentioned in July that “loads of actors [with dwarfism] really feel like we’re being pushed out of the business we love.”

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