West End and Broadway success, Matilda: The Musical, will soon hit our screens with a film adaptation. The classic imagined by Roald Dahl will have a new version with which Netflix intends to dominate the holiday season. Here we present the details.
What is it about?
Matilda Wormwood is a gifted girl whose intelligence far exceeds that of her uneducated family. Without a doubt, this fact causes her to feel really isolated in her home when she perceives that she is a misunderstood person and lacks affection from her loved ones, who do not understand the reason why the girl has such intellectual qualities.
However, his life changes radically when he starts school. There she discovers her own special abilities and also forms a bond with a sensitive teacher, Ms. Jennifer Honey, who will dedicate all her efforts in making the protagonist become a girl with even greater potential.
Although this version of Matilda is based on the multi-award winning musical that has been around for a decade, comparisons will be forthcoming with the 1996 film. In the title role we have alisha weir, who gets his first great character with this production. The iconic Agatha Tronchatoro will be played by emma thompson (cruel), while Miss Honey will feature the performance of Lashana Lynch (Captain Marvel in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness).
This last signing was not very well received by a certain audience sector and has generated controversy on social networks. Fortunately, the British actress usually looks at other parameters to choose her characters, as she commented for ELLE UK:
“As a black woman from London and an immigrant, I will never feel comfortable choosing a role that makes my culture question anything. I made it my responsibility to make sure my generation and those who come after me know that there was a point where something happened for the first time.”
For her part, Andrea Riseborough (oblivion) and Stephen Graham (Venom: Carnage Unleashed) will play the protagonist’s misplaced parents.
What will we see in the musical version of Matilda?
The film was directed by Matthew Warchuswho has extensive experience in theater, and even won an Oliver Award -the most prestigious award in British theater- and received a Tony nomination for Best Direction precisely for his version of the musical Matilda. He has also directed films such as The secret (1999) or Pride: Pride and Hope (2014).
In order not to lose the magic of the musical work, the writer Dennis Kelly and the composer Tim Minchin, creators of the theatrical version, were in charge of writing a new musical number of this adaptation, so it will not be just a copy of what already millions of people have seen.
Production duties were handled by Eric Fellner and Tim Bevan of the Working Title production company; Jon Finn (billy elliot) and Luke Kelly representing The Roald Dahl Story Company.
As seen from the casting, we should expect certain changes in the story. But also a much friendlier rhythm for all families, as well as a great show for the musical numbers.
When it premieres Roald Dahl’s Matilda: The Musical?
Matilda: The Musical Coming to Netflix on December 25, 2022.