This blog post updated readers on the latest developments surrounding Matilda: The Musical Movie, including its release date, cast changes, and other tidbits of information. Here are some quotes from the piece I found particularly interesting:
Author Roald Dahl‘s Matilda The film adaptation of the musical, which was successful on both the West End and Broadway, will first premiere in theatres before making its way to Netflix.
The amazing cast of “Matilda,” a musical based on the best-selling children’s novel by Roald Dahl and featuring music by comedian Tim Minchin, is bringing the story to life on stage. A notable performance comes from Emma Thompson, who plays the evil principal Miss Trunchbull.
This new adaptation will please fans of both the novel by Roald Dahl and the musical. Matilda, played by Alisha Weir, is a gifted young girl whose vile parents are portrayed by Stephen Graham and Andrea Riseborough. Miss Honey, Matilda’s supportive and encouraging teacher, is played by Lashana Lynch (of “No Time to Die” fame).
The film adaptation of Matilda is being directed by Matthew Warchus, who won a Tony for his work on the stage production. Producers include Billy Elliot‘s Jon Finn and Luke Kelly of The Roald Dahl Story Company. Screenwriter Dennis Kelly adapts the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production for the big screen. Tim Minchin composes and writes all of the original music and lyrics.
So, without further ado, here is a complete rundown of the next musical spectacle hitting theatres and streaming services.
When to Expect the Musical Matilda to Arrive in Theaters
In time for Christmas 2022, Matilda will be released to theatres across the country on November 25.
The film will only be released in the United Kingdom and Ireland. It will be available on Netflix’s streaming service for the rest of the world on a date still to be set that same month.
The premiere of the film took place at the London Film Festival in October 2022.
Who is in the cast?
Among the talented performers featured in Matilda the Musical are Emma Thompson as Miss Trunchbull, Alisha Weir as Matilda, Lashana Lynch as Miss Honey, Stephen Graham as Mr. Wormwood, Andrea Riseborough as Mrs. Wormwood, and Sindhu Vee as Mrs. Phelps.
Also making their debuts in the show are Charlie Hodson-Prior (Bruce Bogtrotter), Meesha Garbett (Hortensia), Rei Yamauchi Fulker (Lavender), Winter Jarrett Glasspool (Amanda Thripp), Andrei Shen (Eric), and Ashton Robertson (Nigel).
In case you haven’t read the book or watched the Danny DeVito film adaptation from 1996, the new musical is based on the same story. It’s no secret that Matilda Wormwood (Alisha Weir) has the worst parents ever. This doesn’t stop her from being a curious, intelligent, and creative young girl.
She prefers to get lost in a good book while her parents (Stephen Graham and Andrea Riseborough) watch garbage television and engage in questionable financial activities. She sits back and watches as others yell, act selfishly, and be cruel while she plots her own acts of defiance and retribution in her head.
Matilda is inspired to create her own magical stories after meeting her instructor, Miss Honey (Lashana Lynch). Matilda looks forward to attending Crunchem Hall but is shocked to find that the school is ruled by the enormous and evil Miss Trunchbull (Emma Thompson).
Matilda’s new school friends and the story-loving librarian Mrs. Phelps (Sindhu Vee) are also shining examples of kindness in a world of cruelty.
Matilda’s strong sense of fairness compels her to stand up for what’s right and give Trunchbull a lesson she won’t soon forget.
Summary of the Musical “Matilda”
Description of Roald Dahl’s Matilda’s storyline Leading the cast as Matilda Wormwood is Alisha Weir. She is a young prodigy with a passion for literature. Her parents, played by Stephen Graham and Andrea Riseborough, are the worst possible examples of human beings. They’ve given up parenting in favour of mindless TV and unethical business practises.
Matilda is set on making them pay for their selfish actions, so she plots revenge in little ways. She will have to face the terrifying bully headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, when she enrols at Crunchem Hall.
Still, Matilda’s wonderful instructor Miss Honey helps her discover that she have extraordinary abilities (Lashana Lynch). Now that she has found her strength, she plans to use it to fight for what’s right and give Miss Trunchbull (Emma Thompson) a lesson she won’t soon forget.
Miss Honey, the librarian Mrs. Phelps (Sindhu Vee), and Matilda’s new classmates are all shining examples of kindness in a world full of bullies. Matilda is certain in her rightness, to the point where she challenges Trunchbull to a fight in order to instil a lifelong lesson in the bully.
You’ve been waiting for Matilda to hit Netflix.
Matilda had been expected to debut on Netflix in 2021, but the publication Playbill now has it set for a December 2022 debut.
It has been announced that the musical would open in theatres across the United Kingdom and Ireland on December 2, 2022. Meanwhile, the film will debut as an original Netflix production in certain territories.
Promo for Matilda the Musical
The wonder of Matilda the Musical has been brought to life in a new trailer for the film adaptation. Visit the website of your local theatre to reserve your seats for the film now. To get a taste of the action before the movie comes out, you can watch the trailer down below as many times as you like while humming the memorable tunes.