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Matilda: Actor Emma Thompson to Collaborate With Filmmaker Matthew Warchus in the Netflix Film

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Photo Credit- (Left) Emma Thompson at the premiere of The Love Punch at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival, by Justin Harris, Licensed under CC BY 2.0 (Right) Alisha Weir- Maureen V Ward Talent Agency Ireland

Emma Thompson, the Academy Award-winning British actor, and filmmaker Matthew Warchus will be collaborating for a Netflix original film Matilda, based on British author Roald Dahl’s classic story by the same name.

Thompson, also the recipient of a BAFTA Award, will be playing the role of cruel school headmistress Miss Trunchbull. Alisha Weir playing the titular role of a gifted young girl Matilda, while Lashana Lynch from Captain Marvel will be playing Miss Honey, the kind school teacher.

Published in 1988, Matilda tells the story of an extraordinary girl who, armed with a sharp mind and a vivid imagination, dares to take a stand to change her story with miraculous results, says a press release issued by Netflix.

The film will be based on the musical stage play Matilda The Musical, written by Dennis Kelly and Tim Minchin. While Kelly has been brought on board as the screenwriter for the film, Minchin will be composing music and writing lyrics.

The musical, that was commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company, first premiered at the Cambridge theatre in November 2011, and went on to be presented at Shubert Theatre in Broadway in New York City in 2013.

Matilda will be an imaginative and fresh retelling of the award-winning musical, Matilda, featuring talented young newcomers, alongside established stars. I look forward to introducing this beloved and powerful story to a new generation of fans around the world,” the director said in a statement shared by Netflix.
The film is being produced by Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner of Working Title, Jon Finn, and Luke Kelly of The Roald Dahl Story Company with Netflix distributing worldwide except in the UK where TriStar Pictures will distribute theatrically in the UK.
The classic novel was first adapted into a film, Matilda in 1996, before having several musical stage play versions.
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