Netflix’s ‘Matilda’ Musical Movie Casts Lead, Emma Thompson to Play Miss Trunchbull

Three of the leading characters of Netflix‘s upcoming Matilda musical movie have been cast.

The streaming giant has announced that 11-year-old Alisha Weir, a relative newcomer whose credits include horror film Don’t Leave Home and Irish series Darklands, has been cast in the title role.

Furthermore, Oscar winner Emma Thompson will be playing primary antagonist Miss Trunchbull, who was memorably played by Pam Ferris in the Danny DeVito-directed 1996 adaptation of Roald Dahl’s book. Lashana Lynch (No Time to Die, Captain Marvel) has been cast as sweet and endearing teacher Miss Honey.

The film is to be an adaptation of the Tony and Olivier award-winning musical, with Matthew Warchus (Pride) directing from a screenplay by Dennis Kelly, creator of the British series Utopia and co-creator of recent HBO mini-series The Third Day.

Matilda will be an imaginative and fresh retelling of the award-winning musical, Matilda, featuring talented young newcomers, alongside established stars,” Warchus said in a statement. “I look forward to introducing this beloved and powerful story to a new generation of fans around the world.”

Netflix’s logline for the film reads as follows:

Matilda tells the story of an extraordinary girl who, armed with a sharp mind and a vivid imagination, dares to take a stand to change her story with miraculous results.

Netflix will be distributing the new Matilda worldwide, except for the UK where TriStar Pictures has the rights for the film’s theatrical release.



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