Renowned actor Timothee Chalamet has expressed his elation over his recent work on the long-anticipated Roald Dahl prequel, 'Wonka.' Describing it as 'joyful' and akin to a 'gift,' Chalamet shared his enthusiasm with Sky News during the world premiere in London. The opportunity to work with British actor Hugh Grant was a 'dream' for Chalamet, who lauded Grant for his charm and humor.
Grant's Role as Oompa Loompa
In the upcoming film, Grant takes on the role of the sarcastic and funny Oompa Loompa, a decision made by director Paul King. However, due to the character's requirement for CGI, Chalamet's interaction with Grant on set was limited. Instead, Chalamet often found himself acting opposite a tennis ball on a stick, standing in for Grant.
Chalamet's Experience as Willy Wonka
Embracing the eccentricity and lightness of Willy Wonka was a unique and enjoyable challenge for Chalamet. The actor likened the creative process to his high school days and praised the opportunity for creative freedom it offered. The role of Wonka has previously been played by notable actors like Gene Wilder in 1971, and Johnny Depp in 2005.
'Wonka' Awaiting Release
'Wonka,' set to release in cinemas on December 8, promises an extraordinary blend of magic, music, mayhem, and emotion. The film has been praised for its charm, whimsy, and poignancy, with Gizmodo senior reporter Germain Lussier singling out Timothee Chalamet's performance as the sole reason to watch the film. With a star-studded cast and a compelling narrative, 'Wonka' is expected to be a sweet installment in the franchise and a musical holiday classic.