Netflix has released a teaser for their upcoming musical feature based on Roald Dahl's beloved novel.
In the trailer, we see Matilda Wormwood, played by Alisha Weir, arrive at Crunchem Hall. Here, she comes face to face with the terrifying Miss Trunchbull, played by the unrecognizable Emma Thompson.
Matilda is a little girl with big curiosity, a sharp mind and a vivid imagination. While her parents (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.
On meeting her inspirational teacher, Miss Honey (Lashana Lynch), 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.
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.
Meet the exception to the rules.
Emma Thompson, Lashana Lynch, and newcomer Alicia Weir star in a brand new take on the Tony and Olivier award-winning musical.
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The rest of the cast is made up of Charlie Hodson-Prior as the loveable Bruce Bogtrotter, Meesha Garbett as Hortensia, Rei Yamauchi Fulker as Matilda's best friend Lavender, Winter Jarrett Glasspool as the unfortunate Amanda Thripp, Andrei Shen as Eric and Ashton Robertson as Nigel.
Directed by Tony Award-winning director Matthew Warchus, the film is produced by Eric Fellner and Tim Bevan for Working Title, Jon Finn, and Luke Kellyof The Roald Dahl Story Company. Screenwriter Dennis Kelly adapts the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production for the big screen. Original music and lyrics are by Australian comedian Tim Minchin.
'Roald Dahl's Matilda the Musical' releases exclusively in Ireland and the UK on December 2.