Netflix’s Matilda the Musical: Who’s in the cast?

A YOUNG girl’s telekinetic abilities are front and center in Roald Dahl’s 2022 film Matilda the Musical.

Based on Dahl’s children’s book of the same name, the film adaptation is brought to the big screen by Tony Award-winning director Matthew Warchus.


From left to right: Tim Minchin, Dennis Kelly, Matthew Warchus, Lashana Lynch, Sindhu Vee, Alisha Weir, Emma Thompson, and Stephen GrahamCredit: Getty

Who is in the cast of Matilda the Musical?

In November 2013, reports circulated that another film version of Dahl’s 1988 novel Matilda was scheduled to begin development.

Years later, on January 28, 2020, it was confirmed that Netflix and Sony Pictures had joined forces to develop a second Matilda filming.

It was also announced that the team behind the UK stage version is attached to the film with Matthew Warchus directing and Dennis Kelly writing the script.

In May 2020, the casting process began as the Matilda the Musical roster landed some recognizable actors to bring the project to life.

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The titular main character is newcomer Alisha Weir.

Although Harry Potter alum Ralph Fiennes was rumored to be in talks to play opposite Alisha as antagonist Miss Agatha Trunchbull, Emma Thompson signed on for the role.

Regarding his version of Matilda’s adversary, Emma told Deadline, “I decided Trunchbull was cruel because he couldn’t stand his own childhood and he just couldn’t stand any vulnerability in children.

“So we approached it from a very real point of view. It was fascinating.

“I also had a ton of fun with the prosthetics and creating his shape and his massive athleticism and strength.”

The Oscar-winning actress added: “It was probably the most physically demanding thing I’ve ever done.”

Lashana Lynch joins Alisha and Emma as Miss Trunchbull’s niece and teacher, Miss Jennifer Honey.

Known for her action-packed roles in The Woman King and Captain Marvel, Lashana stated of her role as Miss Honey, “I’m glad they trusted me to do this kind of thing because I haven’t shown it yet.

Stephen Graham and Andrea Riseborough play Matilda's parents.


Stephen Graham and Andrea Riseborough play Matilda’s parents.Credit: DAN SMITH/NETFLIX

“I’ve always been dying to do it. I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about what kind of woman I can create for myself. To show that level of vulnerability and desperation almost.”

The Matilda the Musical cast is rounded out by Amsterdam star Andrea Riseborough and Pirates of the Caribbean alum Stephen Graham, plus:

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When is the release date?

Before the fantasy comedy was available to the public, it premiered at the BFI London Film Festival on October 5, 2022.

On Friday 25th November, Matilda the Musical will be released exclusively in UK cinemas.

On Friday, December 9, the film will be released worldwide courtesy of Netflix.

The story was first previously adapted in 1996 and grossed over $33 million.

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