We had gotten a Matilda movie from Danny DeVito back in the 90s, but now Netflix is ready to give us a musical version from director Matthew Warchis and musician Tim Minchin.
Watch the teaser for Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical:
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.
Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical is an inspirational musical tale of an extraordinary girl who discovers her superpower and summons the remarkable courage, against all odds, to help others change their stories, whilst also taking charge of her own destiny. Standing up for what’s right, she’s met with miraculous results.
Though Matilda does have psychic powers in the source material, we don’t really get to see any of it here. Instead, we do have a look at the amazing cast, as well as the children who are going to be dancing and singing alongside our lead girl.
Since this is just a teaser, we should expect to see more of the movie soon. With a Netflix release set for the holidays, I’m guessing we could get a new trailer by September.