Matilda the Musical Trailer Introduces Alisha Weir as the Child Prodigy & Emma Thompson as Trunchbull

Sony Pictures invites you to meet Matilda in the first trailer for Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical. Starring Emma Thompson as Miss Trunchbull, Lashana Lynch as Miss Honey, and Alisha Weir as the titular Matilda, Matilda The Musical is set for release on Netflix in December this year (perfect for the holiday season) with the trailer coming courtesy of Sony Pictures Releasing. You can check out the first footage from Matilda The Musical below.

This Matilda adaptation for Netflix is an adaptation of the hugely successful stage musical version of Roald Dahl’s classic story. The tale of Matilda centers on a young, mistreated girl, child prodigy, and bookworm who must battle with her parents to go to school. Once there, she finds herself at war once again, this time with an abusive headmistress named Miss Trunchbull.


The hugely popular stage musical version of Roald Dahl’s story on which this Netflix movie will be based has been running in London since 2011 and had a successful run playing on Broadway between 2013 and 2017. The show’s original director Matthew Warchus, whose previous credits include the 2014 biographical drama Pride, is at the helm for this adaptation for Netflix.

The musical stage play was developed by Australian comedian Tim Minchin, who composed the music and lyrics for the production, many of which will no doubt also make the leap from stage to screen alongside some new musical numbers. During its run, Matilda the Musical has won several Tony awards and been met with huge critical acclaim. The writer behind the musical stage production of Matilda, Dennis Kelly, who won a Tony for adapting the novel, has penned the screenplay.

Matilda is a treasured story for many, and this adaptation has amassed a worthy cast for such a beloved classic. Newcomer Alisha Weir stars as Matilda Wormwood alongside Emma Thompson as Miss Trunchbull, Lashana Lynch as Miss Honey, Stephen Graham as Mr. Wormwood, Andrea Riseborough as Mrs. Wormwood, Sindhu Vee as Mrs. Phelps, Lauren Alexandra as The Acrobat, Carl Spencer as Magnus the Escapologist, with Rudy Gibson, Maisie Mardle, and Mackenzie Brewster as some of Matilda’s classmates.

This newly released footage from Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical teases all the energy and toe-tapping fun of the stage version, and is sure to be a popular choice for audiences during the festive season.

Netflix Is Very Much in the Roald Dahl Business

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Matilda The Musical is just one of many adaptations of the works of Roald Dahl set for release on Netflix. The streaming giant recently acquired the rights to the works of iconic British writer, with the platform due to develop projects revolving around such beloved titles as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James & The Giant Peach, The BFG, Fantastic Mr Fox, and more.

Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical will screen exclusively at UK and Ireland Cinemas on December 2, 2022, by Sony Pictures Releasing. In the United States, Canada, and Australia, Matilda The Musical is scheduled to be released on Netflix the same day.