Calling All Revolting Children: Netflix’s ‘Matilda the Musical’ Movie Just Dropped Its Full Trailer

“Once upon a time there was a girl who was trapped. This is the story of her great escape.” Thus begins the trailer for the latest version of a Roald Dahl classic, the book from stage to screen. Matilda the Musical — and will bring her imaginative tale of an extraordinary girl, her impressive abilities, and her horrible school to Netflix on Christmas Day.

For the past few years, the streaming platform has been obsessed with a very particular golden ticket that Matilda the Musical Sourced From: The beloved works of British author Dahl. In 2018, Netflix announced that it would be bringing 16 of the writer’s classic novels to the service in animated form. And revealed that there would be two new Taika Waititi series based on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, also. In 2021, he also reported that he had acquired the Roald Dahl Story Company (RDSC) himself.

So many Dahl-penned short stories are now getting the Netflix treatment, with the service’s library poised to expand in a big way. That covers everything from Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator, Matilda Y the foolsall like animated TV shows, plus the BFG, esio trot, George’s Wonderful Medicine, the huge crocodile, Giraffe and Pelly and me, henry sugar, Billy and the minpins, the magic finger, dirty beasts Y rhyme stew. Yes, it’s a long list, and yes, Matilda the Musical he’s obviously on it.

Matilda the musical by Roald Dahl. Alisha Weir as Matilda Wormwood in Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical. chrome Dan Smith/Netflix © 2022

If you’ve seen the Tony and Olivier Award-winning show in theaters since 2010, complete with original music and lyrics by Tim Minchin, you’ll know what’s in store. If you read the novel before then, you’ll also have a lot of fondness for everyone’s favorite book-loving schoolgirl with telekinetic abilities. In film as on stage, the narrative remains the same as Dahl’s original text from 1988, but with songs and melodies that are supremely on his wavelength.

Once again, Matilda Wormwood (Alisha Weir, dark lands) is a curious, bright, quiet, observant, and imaginative girl—and tiny—but she has lousy parents (Venom: Let There Be Carnageby Stephen Graham and amsterdamby Andrea Riseborough). So, she runs off to soap operas while they feast on TV and try to accumulate cash through dodgy schemes. But that is not welcomed by her mom and her dad, in her first lesson on how to be bullied, something that, at school, Matilda will no longer tolerate.

Matilda the musical by Roald Dahl. Alisha Weir as Matilda Wormwood in Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical. chrome Dan Smith/Netflix © 2022

At Crunchem Hall, Matilda finds a source of support and inspiration in Miss Honey (Lashana Lynch, no time to die), but it’s also where the star student meets another enemy. That would be the villainous Miss Trunchbull (Emma Thompson, Good luck to you, Big Leo.), who is as mean as can be, and needs Matilda to teach her a lesson.

Minchin’s songs and lyrics make the jump to the film version, of course, while Tony Award-winning director Matthew Warchus, who did the honors with Matilda the Musical on stage – rudders.

And yes, this is the second film based on Dahl’s. Matildaafter a 1996 version he initially adapted the book for film (although not as a musical), and featured Mara Wilson as the title character.

Watch the full trailer for Matilda the Musical down:

Matilda the Musical will be available to stream via Netflix on December 25.

Images: Dan Smith/Netflix © 2022.

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