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Netflix has released the trailer for Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical, a fun, inspirational film based on the hit stage musical and the beloved Roald Dahl novel. Check it out.

Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical
Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical: (L to R) Meesha Garbett as Hortensia, Charlie Hodson-Prior as Bruce Bogtrotter — Photo credit: Dan Smith / Netflix © 2022

This film will be a holiday treat for so many people, yours truly included. (A fan of musicals, I am.) Plus, when did you ever see Emma Thompson look like this?

Adapted from the Tony and Olivier award-winning stage production Matilda the Musical, which itself is based on Roald Dahl’s beloved novel Matilda, Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical tells the inspirational story of an extraordinary girl who, against all odds, dares to change her story and help others to change their stories, all while taking charge of her own destiny. Standing up for what’s right, she’s met with miraculous results.

The film’s cast includes Alisha Weir (Don’t Leave Home), Lashana Lynch (Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness), Andrea Riseborough (The Electrical Life of Louis Wain), Stephen Graham (The Irishman), Emma Thompson (Good Luck to You, Leo Grande), and Sindhu Vee (Starstruck), amongst others.

Matilda Wormwood (Alisha Weir) is a little girl with big curiosity, a sharp mind, and a vivid imagination — and the worst parents in the world. While her parents (Stephen Graham and Andrea Riseborough) content themselves with trashy TV and dodgy money-making schemes, Matilda 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), 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 (Emma Thompson).

As well as the kind Miss Honey, the bright lights amongst the meanness are Mrs. Phelps (Sindhu Vee), the story-loving librarian, 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.

Directed by Tony Award-winning director Matthew Warchus (Matilda The Musical), the film is produced by Eric Fellner and Tim Bevan for Working Title, Jon Finn (Billy Elliot), and Luke Kelly of The Roald Dahl Story Company. Screenwriter Dennis Kelly adapts the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production for the big screen, with original music and lyrics by Tim Minchin (Groundhog Day: The Musical).

Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical, a Netflix Film, has its streaming debut on Sunday, December 25, at 12 AM PT / 3 AM ET, exclusively on Netflix. (You can set a reminder for it now.) The film has its US theatrical release in select theaters on Friday, December 9.


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