Netflix has released the trailer for Matilda the Musical, an adaptation of the Tony and Olivier award-winning stage production of the same name, itself an adaptation of the classic Roahld Dahl 1988 novel, Matilda.
Alisha Weir (Darklands) plays Matilda Wormwood, a little girl with big curiosity, a sharp mind and a vivid imagination — and the worst parents in the world. While her parents (played by Stephen Graham and Andrea Riseborough) content themselves with trashy TV and dodgy money-making schemes, she loves to lose herself in the pages of her beloved books. Where they are loud, selfish and unkind she is a quiet observer, thinking up small and cheeky acts of rebellion and revenge.
On meeting her inspirational teacher, Miss Honey (Lashana Lynch, Captain Marvel), Matilda is encouraged and begins conjuring her own fantastical tales. Excited to attend Crunchem Hall, Matilda is surprised to find the school is an ominous and oppressive place led by the huge and villainous Miss Trunchbull (an unrecognisable Emma Thompson).
As well as kind Miss Honey, the bright lights among the meanness are story-loving librarian, Mrs. Phelps (Sindhu Vee), and Matilda’s newfound school friends. Filled with an overwhelming sense of justice, Matilda dares to take a stand for what is right and teach Trunchbull a lesson she won’t forget.
The film is directed by Matthew Warchus (Pride), the Tony Award-winner who served as director on the Matilda the Musical stage production. The screenplay adaptation comes from Dennis Kelly (Black Sea, Utopia, The Third Day), with original music and lyrics by Tim Minchin.
Matilda the Musical will be released on Netflix and in select cinemas on December 25th.