The stage musical adaptation of ‘Matilda’, best-selling children’s book of Roald Dhal, is coming to Netflix in December 2022.
Irish actress Alisha Weir stars as Matilda. Emma Thompson has signed on as Miss Trunchbull. Thompson is, of course, well-known for eccentric and character-driven roles in Cruella, Nanny McPhee, and Harry Potter. Lashana Lynch, Captain Marvel, and No Time to Die will portray Matilda’s teacher, Miss Honey.
The movie Matilda was adapted for the stage by playwright Dennis Kelly with music and lyrics by Tim Minchin and directed by Matthew Warchus. Matilda the Musical won seven 2012 Olivier awards, including Best New Musical. It holds the record for winning the most Olivier awards, tying with Hamilton in 2018.
Based on the 1988 book by Roald Dahl, the 1996 non-musical film, the little girl named Matilda is best remembered as the bookworm with the ability to move things with her mind who lives with her father, mother, and brother in England. Despite her family ignoring her, Matilda is intelligent and loves to read. She reads books constantly, although her parents don’t approve. Sometimes her parents are mean to her, so Matilda thinks up of creative ways to get back at them, such as super gluing her father’s hat to his head.
When Matilda turned five, she enters school and her teacher, Miss Honey, recognizes that Matilda is gifted in math and reading. Miss Honey tells the head mistress, Ms. Trunchbull, a mean woman who distrusts children. However, Ms. Trunchbull, having talked to her father previously, is convinced that Matilda is a troublemaker.
Matilda the Musical Movie Cast
- Matilda Wormwood: Alisha Weir
- Mr. Wormwood: Stephen Graham
- Mrs. Wormwood: Andrea Riseborough
- The Trunchbull: Emma Thompson
- Miss Honey: Lashana Lynch
- Librarian: Sindhu Vee