Sporting a Nicole Kidman-level nose prosthesis and another completely useless fat costume, Emma Thompson is unrecognizable as Miss Trunchbull in the first trailer for “Matilda the Musical.”
The Oscar-winning actress stars as the terrifying headmistress in Netflix’s upcoming adaptation of the Tony and Olivier award-winning musical based on Roald Dahl’s beloved children’s book of the same name.
While the first look at the project retreads familiar territory (what’s a “Matilda” story without chocolate cake?), it provides a catchy rock score to the classic tale of the book-obsessed child prodigy, which, of course, also served as the inspiration for the novel’s 1996 film adaptation.
This big-screen treatment stars Alisha Weir as Matilda Wormwood, “an extraordinary girl who discovers her superpower and summons remarkable courage, against all odds, to help others change their stories, while taking charge of her own destiny,” according to the official. synopsis.
She is sent to attend the “sinister and oppressive” Crunchem Hall, which is ruled with an iron fist by the villainous Trunchbull, who hopes to rid the school of the “rebels” one student at a time.
Fortunately, Matilda finds solace in Miss Honey, played here by “Captain Marvel” star Lashana Lynch.
In this version, Andrea Riseborough and Stephen Graham play the indifferent, money-hungry parents of Matilda, reprising the roles of Rhea Perlman and Danny DeVito, who also produced the 1996 film adaptation.
“Harry Potter” alum Ralph Fiennes was attached to play Trunchbull before Thompson arrived.
The film reunites the creative team behind the musical, as Matthew Warchus and Dennis Kelly are on board to direct and write again with original music and lyrics by Tim Minchin and choreography by Ellen Kane.
“Matilda The Musical” is the latest project to come out of Netflix’s acquisition of the Roald Dahl Story Company, which granted the streaming service the rights to create projects based on the author’s work on its platforms.
The film hits theaters on December 2 in the UK, while a streaming release date has yet to be officially announced.