Little beautiful! A musical film adaptation of Matilda is coming to Netflix. The new movie stars Emma Thompson as Miss Trunchbull and Alisha Weirwho will lead as the title character.
Highly intelligent and neglected by her parents, Matilda Wormwood ends up with telekinetic powers thanks to her love of reading. She teams up with her teacher, Miss Honey, to take down the evil headmistress, Miss Truncebull.
The 1996 movie Matildain direction and production Danny DeVitoit was a hit then, and continues to be 26 years later. Mara Wilson, who was only 9 years old at the time, played the lead role of Matilda. He went on to win it YoungStar Award for Best Performance by a Young Actress in a Comedy Film in 1997. Beth Davies played Miss Haney, Pam Ferris played Miss Trundbull, and Rhea Perlman and DeVito rounded out the cast as Mrs. and Mr. Wormwood, respectively.
His popular musical Matilda later debuted in 2011 and was adapted by Dennis Kelly, with music and lyrics by Tim Minchin and directed by Matthew Warchus. All three will star in the Netflix film.
Matilda the Musical has a distinguished reputation, receiving seven Olivier Awards in 2012, including Best New Musical, along with five Tony Awards in 2013. The musical originated in London and is still performed today. In 2013, Matilda expanded to Broadway and ran until 2017.
Netflix announced in 2021 that the new film will be released in December 2022. The streaming service is partnering with Sony to integrate the West End musical Matildawhich was based on Roald Dahl’s classic novel from 1988.
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