Tristar Pictures and Sony Pictures UK have set a December 2022 release date for the film adaptation of Mathilde the musical. Tristar is co-producing this global musical with Netflix and retaining the rights in the UK. Mathilde will debut in theaters in the UK, but will stream globally on Netflix.
the Mathilde reboot will be directed by Tony and Olivier Award winner Matthew Warchus, who also directed the stage musical for London’s West End and New York’s Broadway. The cast includes newcomer Alisha Weir in the title role alongside a cast that includes Emma Thompson as villainous Miss Trunchbull and Lashana Lynch as Miss Honey, Matilda’s teacher. Stephen Graham and Andrea Riseborough will play Mr. and Mrs. Wormwood, Matilda’s parents who abuse her throughout the book.
Mathilde is based on a Roald Dahl novel of the same name which focuses on a little girl with incredible telekinetic powers. Clever, curious, and intelligent, Matilda uses these powers to deal with her many abusers in life, including her parents and her evil school principal, Miss Trunchbull. Her teacher, Miss Honey, is the only kind and understanding adult in her life where she can seek solace. Matilda continues to be Dahl’s most successful novel, selling over “18 million copies worldwide and translated into over fifty languages”.
Mathilde was also made into a 1996 film directed and starring Danny DeVito, with Mara Wilson in the lead role. The film received overwhelmingly positive reviews and became somewhat of a cult classic among the adults who grew up with it. However, the film failed commercially, grossing $ 33.5 million domestically on a budget of $ 36 million. Globally, the film grossed approximately $ 36.7 million for a gross total of $ 70.6 million. This film was also produced by Tristar, who owns the rights to this property.
The stage musical adaptation debuted in 2011 in the West End with the Royal Shakespeare Company. He then began to travel around the world shortly thereafter. It won seven Olivier Awards, including Best New Musical, as well as five Tony Awards for Broadway, in which it had 1,555 performances. Broadway production ended on January 1, 2017.
Dahl’s novels have led to many successful adaptations both on stage and on screen. His novel, Charlie and the chocolate factory, received two film adaptations and a musical in the West End. An original Willy Wonka musical film titled Wonka is set to be released in 2023, with Timothee Chalamet slated to play Wonka himself. Other popular film adaptations of Dahl’s novels include James and the giant peach, Fantastic Mr. Fox, The BFG, and The witches, which just received a remake on HBO Max starring Anne Hathaway.
Fans of Mathilde: the musical will receive a lovely gift for the holidays when this film adaptation premieres in late 2022 on Netflix. Fans of the 1996 film can only hope this adaptation will be just as strange. Hopefully Miss Trunchbull won’t put any other students back in the chokey. This news was originally reported on Deadline.
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