Sporting a Nicole Kidman-level nose prosthetic and yet another completely unnecessary fat suit, Emma Thompson is unrecognizable as Miss Trunchbull in the first trailer for “Matilda the Musical.”
The Oscar-winning stars as the terrifying headmistress in Netflix’s upcoming adaptation of the Tony and Olivier Award-winning musical based on Roald Dahl’s beloved children’s book of the same name.
While the first glance at the project revisits familiar territory (“What is the story of Matilda” without Chocolate cake?), it delivers a catchy rock score to the classic tale of the book-obsessed child prodigy, which, of course, also served as the inspiration for the 1996 film adaptation of the novel.
This big-screen treatment stars Alisha Weir as Matilda Wormwood, “an extraordinary girl who discovers her superpower and summons remarkable courage against all odds, to help others change their stories, along with as well as taking charge of her own destiny,” according to the official summary.
She is sent to attend the “ominous and oppressive” Crunchheim Hall, which is ruled by the villainous Trunchbull with an Iron Fist, who hopes to rid the school of “rebels” one pigtail student at a time. .
Luckily, Matilda finds solace in Miss Honey, played by “Captain Marvel” star Lashana Lynch.
In this version, Andrea Riseborough and Stephen Graham starred as the carefree, money-hungry parents of Matilda, who took on the roles of Rhea Perlman and Danny DeVito, who also produced the 1996 film adaptation.
“Harry Potter” alum Ralph Fiennes was added to play Trunchbull before Thompson took a ride.
The film reunites the creative team behind the music, as Matthew Warchus and Dennis Kelly are on board to once again direct and write, with original music and lyrics by Tim Minchin and choreography by Ellen Kane.
“Matilda the Musical” is the latest project to arise from Netflix’s acquisition of the Roald Dahl Story Company, which granted the streaming service rights to create projects based on the author’s work on its platform.
The film hits theaters in the UK on December 2, while a streaming release date has yet to be officially announced.