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‘Wonka’ Director Says Timothée Chalamet Sounds Like Bing Crosby

By Emma Chance | Film | September 12, 2023 |

By Emma Chance | Film | September 12, 2023 |


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I thought the Chalamet stans needed some good news this week, so get this: Paul King, the director of the new Willy Wonka adaptation, says our boy has a lovely singing voice.

“[He]’s got a beautiful singing voice. 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.”

Indeed you are, sir, and we thank you for it. But, King was careful to assure us that the movie is decidedly not a musical.

“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 discernable reason. I felt like it was more like a movie with songs than a musical.”

King wasn’t at all surprised by his star’s musical prowess. Actually, he always had him in mind for the part “Because he’s Timothée Chalamet and his life is so absurd,” um, rude.

“His high school musical performances are on YouTube and have hundreds of thousands of views, so I knew from stanning for Timmy Chalamet that he could sing and dance really well. And I knew that was in his arsenal, but I didn’t know how good he was.” This man doesn’t just sound like a crazed fan, he is one.

This is great news for Chalamet’s current flame, Kylie Jenner, who is a famously bad singer. Finally, someone to serenade Stormi.