1996’s Matilda remains to be a cult classic, but Netflix is set to put a new spin on the tiny psychic in the form of a musical. Roald Dahl’s Matilda is expected to come out this December, and we have a new trailer teasing all the fantastic musical numbers and trippy visuals.
Watch the new trailer down here:
Here’s the official description:
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, she 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 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.
It’s also worth noting that the music and lyrics from the play were written by musical comedian Tim Minchin, and Tony Award-winning director Matthew Warchus is at the helm on the director’s chair.
The musical numbers look ridiculously huge, and I’m excited to see the play brought to life in a movie scale. I also have to commend how Emma Thompson is just unrecognizable as Ms. Trunchbull. I guess she hasn’t been covered in makeup as heavily since the Nanny McPhee movies.
Matilda comes to Netfix on Dec. 25, Christmas Day.