Emma Thompson and other new cast members have been added to the upcoming movie adaptation of Matilda the Musical.
The Netflix movie boasts of an all-star British cast including Alisha Weir (Don’t Leave Home) in the title role, Emma Thompson (Sense and Sensibility) as Miss Trunchbull, Lashana Lynch (Captain Marvel) as Miss Honey, and as Variety has recently announced, they will be joined by Stephen Graham (The Irishman) as Mr. Wormwood, Andrea Riseborough (Luxor) as Mrs. Wormwood, and Sindhu Vee (Feel Good) as Mrs. Phelps.
Matilda the Musical is based on the beloved 1988 Roald Dahl novel about a precocious little girl who loves learning but who is ignored and oppressed by her ignorant, overbearing parents and by her school’s tyrannical headmistress, Miss Trunchbull. In spite of these hardships, she finds solace in books and in the love of her kindhearted teacher, Miss Honey. She later finds the strength to challenge the unjust system in her school and she emerges triumphant.
The musical, written by Dennis Kelly and Tim Minchin, opened in the West End in 2011 and on Broadway in 2013, winning numerous Olivier Awards including Best New Musical and several Tony’s including Best Book of a Musical.
The stage production’s original director, Matthew Warchus, will be directing the film while the show’s Tony-winning playwright, Dennis Kelly, will be adapting the screenplay. The show will feature the original music and lyrics by Tim Minchin. It will be streaming on Netflix, with a release date that has yet to be announced.
💫 *Alisha Weir as Matilda*💫
💫 *Emma Thompson as Miss Trunchbull*💫
💫 *Lashana Lynch as Miss Honey*💫
That’s magic. That’s MATILDA. Director Matthew Warchus’ musical adaptation, coming to Netflix. pic.twitter.com/CcTbItI8TV
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A local staging by Atlantis Theatrical Entertainment Group also ran at the Meralco Theater in 2017 and the international tour of the Royal Shakespeare Company, presented by GWB Entertainment, along with GMG Productions & Virtus Live, opened a limited run last year which was sadly cut short by the government’s mandated community quarantine in March.