Matilda: Andrea Riseborough, Stephen Graham & Sindhu Vee join Netflix musical
Deadline is reporting that Andrea Riseborough (Mandy), Stephen Graham (Rocketman) and Sindhu Vee (Feel Good) are joining the ensemble of the Netflix musical adaptation of Roald Dahl’s Matilda. Graham and Riseborough will be playing Mr. and Mrs. Wormwood, Matilda’s parents in the Matthew Warchus film.
Recently announced were Emma Thompson (Saving Mr. Banks) as Miss Trunchbull, and newcomer Alisha Weir as Matilda. They join Lashana Lynch (Captain Marvel) who was the first cast member announced for the role of Miss Honey.
Ralph Fiennes was originally reported to be attached to play Miss Trunchbull. The popular UK and Broadway musical of Dahl’s children’s book featured the strict headmistresses being played by a man. Producers have recently made the move to cast Emma Thompson in the role instead.
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First published in 1988, the novel revolves around the story of a 5-year-old named Matilda Wormwood, who likes to play pranks on her negligent parents such as secretly bleaching her father’s hair. Other than her parents, the cruel headmistress Miss Agatha Trunchbull is also her biggest nemesis. Although she seems like a mischievous girl, Matilda has promising and high intellectual abilities which are far different from other kids of the same age. The only adult who appreciates and understands her is her teacher, Ms. Jennifer Honey.
Based on the hit UK and Broadway musical stage play titled Matilda The Musical, the film will be directed by Matthew Warchus from a screenplay being adapted by the original musical’s writer Dennis Kelly. The Netflix adaptation will also feature the original music and lyrics by Tim Minchin with Working Titles’ Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner serving as producers alongside Luke Kelly for The Roald Dahl Story Company.
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The stories of Roald Dahl have long inspired award-winning feature films and stage productions. But now, for the first time, Netflix in partnership with The Roald Dahl Story Company will bring together the highest quality creative, visual, and writing teams to extend the stories in this first-of-its-kind slate of premium animated event series and specials for audiences of all ages and for families to enjoy together. Netflix intends to remain faithful to the quintessential spirit and tone of Dahl while also building out an imaginative story universe that expands far beyond the pages of the books themselves.
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