Everything We Know About The Matilda the Musical Movie

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Photo credit: Sony Pictures
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The 1996 movie version of Matilda, starring Mara Wilson in the title role, is inarguably one of the best children's book adaptations in history. So Matilda the Musical, the upcoming 2022 take on Roald Dahl's classic novel, has some big shoes to fill—though it's also working from some impressive new source material.

The Netflix movie is based not only on Dahl's book, but on the 2011 West End musical, which brought the adventures of Matilda to life on stage punctuated by catchy original songs. Featuring music and lyrics by the beloved Australian comedian Tim Minchin, the show was an instant hit with both audiences and critics when it debuted in London in 2011, and went on to win seven Olivier Awards (Britain's answer to the Tonys).

Now, Matilda the Musical has been adapted for the screen, and features an all-star cast including Emma Thompson as Miss Trunchbull, Lashana Lynch as Miss Honey, and Alisha Weir as Matilda. Songs aside, the musical follows the plot of Dahl's book pretty closely, chronicling the life of Matilda Wormwood, a precocious and sweet child who feels misunderstood by everyone both at home and at school. Escaping into a world of books, she soon begins to develop mysterious powers that go way beyond her intellect.

The first trailer for Matilda the Musical was released in mid-June, spotlighting Thompson's performance as the unforgettably fearsome Mrs Trunchbull. Per the official synopsis, the story follows “an extraordinary girl, with a vivid imagination, who dares to take a stand to change her story with miraculous results". The movie will also reportedly feature new songs by Minchin, in addition to those featured in the stage musical.

In the U.S. and Canada, the film will be released on Netflix, while it'll get a theatrical release in the UK.

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