Emma Thompson to play Miss Trunchbull in Netflix's Matilda remake

Daniella Scott
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Photo credit: Roy Rochlin
Photo credit: Roy Rochlin

From Cosmopolitan

We all know and love Danny Devito's 1996 masterpiece, Matilda. You can probably recite the lines on demand (and you very much should), you may even have been lucky enough to see Tim Minchin and Dennis Kelly's hugely successful Matilda the Musical on the West End. So, imagine just how happy you'd be if the iconic story was making its way onto Netflix and into our living rooms? Well, have we got happy news for you.

In 2020 Netflix confirmed it was working with Sony on a movie adaptation of the West End musical, which is based on Roald Dahl's famous children's book from 1988, and now it's been revealed Bond star Lashana Lynch and Emma Thompson are both set to be starring. We cannot wait.

Here's everything we know about Netflix's musical Matilda remake.

Who's been cast in Netflix's Matilda remake?

The main characters have now been confirmed, and it's an impressive line-up. On January 14th, Netflix announced Oscar winner Dame Emma Thompson would be taking on the role of Miss Trunchbull.

According to multiple reports, including one from Deadline in early 2020, Ralph Fiennes was originally set to play the mean headmistress, but producers eventually settled on Dame Emma.

The other exciting news is that No Time To Die star Lashana Lynch will play teacher Miss Honey. As for Matilda herself, she'll be played by relative newcomer, Dublin-based 11-year-old Alisha Weir.

Do we have a trailer for Matilda?

Since filming hasn't started for the project yet, it'll be a while before we get a trailer for the much anticipated movie. However, we do have the trailer for the West End production to tide us over.

When is Matilda being released?

We don't have a confirmed release date for Matilda yet, and we may not have one for a while. Filming for the movie was due to stake place between August and December 2020, but was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. It will now start filming in April. Watch this space.

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