Some official clips from Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical have been revealed ahead of the movie’s arrival in select theaters next month. It will also be available for streaming on December 25 on Netflix.
The first video offers us our first preview of one of the film’s large-scale musical numbers, featuring energetic synchronized choreography involving school kids. Meanwhile, the second video highlights Matilda’s high intellect as she shares her love for reading.
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Matilda tells Miss Honey about her love of reading in this exclusive sneak peek of Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical
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“The story centers around Matilda Wormwood (Alisha Weir), a little girl with big curiosity, a sharp mind, and a vivid imagination — and the worst parents (Stephen Graham and Andrea Riseborough) in the world,” reads the official synopsis for the film. “While they keep themselves content with trashy TV and dodgy money-making schemes, Matilda loves to lose herself in the pages of her beloved books. Where they’re loud, selfish, and unkind, she’s a quiet observer, thinking up small and cheeky acts of rebellion and revenge.”
Matilda the Musical stars Oscar-winning actress Emma Thompson, Stephen Graham, Andrea Riseborough, Sindhu Vee, Alisha Weir, and Lashana Lynch, and is directed by the Tony Award-winning Matthew Warchus, who also directed the stage musical. The musical itself is based on the 1988 children’s novel of the same name written by Roald Dahl, as well as the 2010 musical adaptation of the book.
Matilda was first adapted into a film in 1996 by actor-director Danny DeVito, with Mara Wilson taking on the titular role. Meanwhile, Dennis Kelly’s Matilda The Musical has been running in London since 2011 and had a successful Broadway run from 2013-2017. The musical is set to release in select theaters on December 9, 2022. Netflix will then be releasing the film on its streaming services on December 25.