5 oct 2021

Wonka: which singer of the Britpop era signed the soundtrack of the film?

As Paul King’s film Wonka , the prequel to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, is released this Wednesday, December 13, 2023, let’s take a look back at its soundtrack – signed The Divine Comedy – and the singing talents of Timothée Chalamet.

In the prequel to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,
, which tells the story of youth burlesque master chocolatier imagined by Roald Dahl, the French-American actor 
Timothée Chalamet
, the new darling of Hollywood, perfectly embodies the main character. But he also gives his whole self on a different level than his game. Indeed, the hero of Dune, Part

  Two (2024) sings and dances in many sequences of the film which will be released on Wednesday, December 13, 2023. In Total Film magazine,  Wonka  director Paul King said about the actor “He has a very beautiful voice, reminiscent of Bing Crosby’s. Timothée has a lot of chest, he can sing on the whole range. It ranges from a few spectacular things to moments of pure emotion. He can do everything. And by saying that, I know I’m going to sound like a bit of a hysterical fan…”


Wonka, which tells the story of the imaginative young inventor already magnified by
Tim Burton
Johnny Depp
, reunites, alongside the star of Dune, Olivia Colman (
The Lost Daughter
, The Crown), Hugh Grant, Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine) and Rowan Atkinson (Mr Bean). And all the actors in the film sing. 


Neil Hannon of The Divine Comedy signs the soundtrack of Wonka


Wonka, directed by Paul King (
) is most of the time magical, especially thanks to its soundtrack composed of original songs written by the crooner and composer Neil Hannon of The Divine Comedy. The leading Irish musician of the Britpop era has already collaborated with Air, Jarvis Cocker and
Charlotte Gainsbourg
. He also performed two songs for the soundtrack of the British series Doctor Who, in 2005 and signed, with Leos Carax, a song performed by Kylie Minogue in the film Holy Motors (2012). The music he came up with for the film fits well with the English atmosphere of the film, which shows a fictional city that looks a lot like Oxford.


Wonka  (2023) by Paul King, in theaters on December 13,  2023.