A “Matilda” Movie Musical is Coming to Netflix

"Matilda the Musical." Photo by James D Morgan/Shutterstock (5614334h)

If Matilda happens to be your favorite children’s movie from the 90s, we’ve got some good news for you. Netflix is currently developing a movie musical based on Roald Dahl’s classic story, with Alisha Weir as Matilda and Emma Thompson and Lashana Lynch also in the cast.

The 11-year-old Weir is still a newcomer in Hollywood, but she’ll be in good company. Thompson will take on the role of Matilda’s cruel and selfish principal Miss Trunchbull, while Lynch will portray the kind and soft-spoken teacher Miss Honey.

This project about a young bookworm who uses telekinesis to overcome the obstacles she’s dealing with at school and at home will be directed by Matthew Warchus. He was previously in charge of helming the stage musical this project is based on, which was rewarded with multiple Tony and Laurence Olivier Awards.

Original playwright Dennis Kelly will also return, and write the script for this exciting movie adaptation. Music and lyrics by Tim Minchin will also be featured in this highly-anticipated musical, set to premiere on Netflix after a theatrical run in the UK.