Matilda Trailer: Emma Thompson is an evil headmistress

The film adaptation of the Tony and Olivier Award-winning musical also stars Lashana Lynch and Alisha Weir.

Emma Thompson cracks down on the “rebels” at her elementary school.

As the iconic corrupt Miss Trunchbull, Oscar-winner Thompson is unrecognizable for the Netflix film Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical, which airs December 25.

Roald Dahl’s beloved novel gets another big screen treatment, this time as a rock musical based on Matthew Warchus’ Tony- and Olivier-winning production. Thompson stars as Headmistress Trunchbull, who is determined to eradicate independent thinking among her elementary school students, including the brilliant and uniquely gifted Matilda, played by “Darklands” star Alisha Weir. Matilda’s only role model, Miss Honey (Lashana Lynch), encourages Matilda to use her vivid imagination and maintain her curiosity, despite Trunchbull’s demands to get rid of all the “rebels” in Crunchem Hall.

Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical opened the London Film Festival with the official synopsis reading: the story revolves around Matilda Wormwood (Weir), a little girl with great curiosity, a sharp mind and a vivid imagination – and the worst of parents ( Stephen Graham and Andrea Riseborough) of the world. While they settle for trashy TV and shady dealings, Matilda loves to lose herself in the pages of her beloved books. Where they are loud, selfish and unkind, she is a silent observer, dreaming up small and cheeky acts of rebellion and revenge.

After meeting her inspirational teacher, Miss Honey (Lynch), Matilda is encouraged and begins to conjure up her own fantastic stories. Excited to visit Crunchem Hall, Matilda is surprised to find the school is a menacing and oppressive place run by the towering and vicious Miss Trunchbull (Thompson). Filled with an overwhelming sense of justice, Matilda dares to stand up for what is right and teach Trunchbull a lesson she won’t forget.

Directed by Tony Award-winning director Warchus (“Matilda The Musical”), the film is produced by Eric Fellner and Tim Bevan for Working Title, Jon Finn (“Billy Elliot”) and Luke Kelly of The Roald Dahl Story Company. Screenwriter Dennis Kelly adapts the Royal Shakespeare Company production for the big screen, with original music and lyrics by Tim Minchin.

Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical premieres December 25 on Netflix.

Check out the trailer below.

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Lindsay Lowe

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