With five months still left to go until the release of Wonka, the film is already facing backlash.
The Warner Bros. Pictures movie, set to be released Dec. 15, has been called out for having Hugh Grant play an Oompa-Loompa instead of casting an actor with dwarfism.
“A lot of actors [with dwarfism] feel like we are being pushed out of the industry we love,” George Coppen, an actor with dwarfism who played Sweet Cupid in The School for Good and Evil, told the BBC in an interview published July 26. “A lot of people, myself included, argue that dwarfs should be offered everyday roles in dramas and soaps, but we aren’t getting offered those roles. One door is being closed but they have forgotten to open the next one.”
Coppen’s comments come two weeks after the trailer for Wonka—which stars Timothée Chalamet as the title character—was released, offering a sneak peek at Grant in the movie.
“They’ve enlarged his head so his head looks bigger,” Coppen continued. “[I thought] what the hell have you done to him?”