A first look at the film version of Matilda the Musical has been released, giving fans a glimpse of Dame Emma Thompson’s take on the evil Miss Trunchbull.
In the new trailer, which was released by Sony Pictures and Netflix on Wednesday, June 15, 2022, the Oscar-winning actress is seen in action as the villainous director for the first time.
“Matilda Wormwood. Criminals like you need a real lesson,” Thompson tells the unrecognizable child prodigy as she walks towards her, before we catch a glimpse of Trunchbull’s infamous pigtail swinging in the playground.
“See if that child is still alive,” she hears barking after committing the cruel act.
Along with giving fans a glimpse of Stephen Graham and Lashana Lynch in their roles, the trailer also teases the film’s epic musical numbers.
The story of an extraordinary bookworm who harnesses the power of telekinesis to punish his cruel family and unscrupulous school teacher, Roald Dahl’s Matilda was previously adapted for the big screen in 1996, with Pam Ferris playing Miss Trunchbull and Mara Wilson as the titular character.
However, the new film is an adaptation of the hit show that has been running in the West End since 2011, with music by Tim Minchin and direction by Matthew Warchus.
Newcomer Alisha Weird stars as the iconic titular character in this new version, which is set to land in cinemas in December 2022, starring James Bond star Lashana Lynch as the sweet teacher Miss Honey.
Joining them are Stephen Graham and Andrea Riseborough as Mr and Mrs Wormwood, while comedian Sindhu Vee will play librarian Mrs Phelps.
The trailer also gives fans a look at some other classic moments, including Bruce Bogtrotter forcing a huge chocolate cake.
Matilda the Musical by Roald Dahl will premiere in UK cinemas on December 2 and will be released on Netflix in the US.