Cast of the musical film Matilda | Radio schedules
Matilda is set to make a welcome return to the screen, with Roald Dhal’s Matilda the Musical landing in cinemas and on Netflix later this year (here’s how to watch it).
The film premiered at the BFI London Film Festival on Wednesday October 5. The cast attended the event, including Emma Thompson who plays the evil Miss Trunchbull – although the younger cast members seemed to forget that she was meant to be a scary character, at least judging by the comments that Thompson made it to Deadline.
“I was supposed to terrify them. I mean, the characters they played were terrified of me, but they weren’t,” she told the publication.
“I said ‘Hello, I want them to fear me.’ I remember saying to Matthew [Warchus, director], “They’ve seen Nanny McFu****g McPhee’s movies.” They thought I was Nanny McFu****g McPhee, so scaring them off me was really hard. But these kids are just wonderful.
The film’s cast also includes the likes of Lashana Lynch and Stephen Graham. Want to know who they’re playing and who steps into the titular young heroine’s shoes? Continue reading.
Emma Thompson as Miss Trunchbull
Who is Miss Trunchbull? Agatha Trunchbull, also known as The Trunchbull, is the tyrannical principal of Crunchem Hall School. He’s a bully who enjoys terrorizing both the school’s students and his teachers, meting out harsh punishments – including stays in a dark, terrifying closet known as a ‘chokey’ and throwing people by the windows – for things like wearing pigtails. The character was played by Pam Ferris in the 1996 film Matilda.
Where have I seen Emma Thompson before? Emma Thompson has had a long and prolific career, having starred in many iconic films over the years, including Much Ado About Nothing (1993), Sense and Sensibility (1995), the Harry Potter franchise as Professor Trelawney and Beauty and the Beast. She also starred in Russel T Davies’ miniseries Years and Years.
Alisha Weir as Matilda Wormwood
Who is Mathilde Wormwood? Matilda is a young girl whose intelligence is very advanced for her age (which is six and a half in Dahl’s book), although her parents show little interest in her. An avid reader, she enjoys the occasional prank on her mother and father. She also develops telekinetic powers, which she uses to help her classmates and her favorite teacher, Miss Honey, from the evil Miss Trunchbull. In the 1996 film, she is played by Mara Wilson.
Where have I seen Alisha Weir before? Weir, 13, is a relative newcomer, with Matilda the Musical currently her first credit.
Lashana Lynch as Miss Honey
Who is Miss Honey? Miss Jennifer Honey is a teacher at Crunchem Hall and Miss Trunchbull’s niece. Unlike her aunt, she is gentle, kind and develops a weakness for Mathilde. Miss Trunchbull inherited Miss Honey’s father’s house and wealth after his death, which Miss Honey suspects played a role. Embeth Davidtz played her in the movie Matilda.
Where have I seen Lashana Lynch before? Lynch has appeared in not one but two major franchises – as Maria Rambeau in Captain Marvel and as Nomi in No Time to Die. In the latter, she took over the pseudonym 007 from James Bond (Daniel Craig). She also recently appeared in The Woman King.
Stephen Graham as Mr. Wormwood
Who is Mr Wormwood? Mr. Wormwood is Matilda’s neglectful father who does not recognize his daughter’s brilliant intellect. Described as “noisy, selfish and nasty”, he is more concerned with managing schemes and television. He was portrayed by Danny DeVito in the 1996 film Matilda.
Where have I seen Stephen Graham before? Graham is a prolific and famous actor, having starred in many popular British dramas. Most recently, he starred in BBC true crime drama The Walk-In, following his debut on Peaky Blinders. Previous credits also include Boiling Point, This Is England and Help.
Andrea Riseborough as Mrs. Wormwood
Who is Mrs. Wormwood? Ms. Wormwood, who was played by Rhea Pearlman in 1996’s Matilda, is the titular heroine’s self-centered mother, who neglects her daughter and cares more about her looks and reality TV.
Where have I seen Andrea Riseborough before? Riseborough has appeared in numerous films and TV series since her debut in Roger Michell’s Venus in 2006. She played Margaret Thatcher in The Long Walk to Finchley, which earned her a BAFTA nomination, and had roles in Never Let Me Go, Oblivion, Nocturnal Animals, Battle of the Sexes and more.
Sindhu Vee as Mrs. Phelps
Who is Mrs. Phelps? Mrs. Phelps is the village librarian who is impressed by Matilda’s intelligence and shares her love of books. She encourages Matilda to keep reading and does her best to support her from her position at the library.
Where have I seen Sindhu Vee before? Sindhu Vee is an award-winning comedian who has appeared in movies like Have I Got News For You, Richard Osman’s House of Games, QI, etc. Vee also hosts the BBC Radio 4 Comedy of the Week podcast. Her acting credits include playing Olivia’s mother in Season 2 of Sex Education and appearing on Rose Matafeo’s BBC series Starstruck.
Charlie Hodson-Prior as Bruce Bogtrotter
Who is Bruce Bogtrotter? Bruce is a student at Matilda’s school who is forced to eat an entire chocolate cake as punishment after being accused of stealing a piece of Miss Trunchbull’s personal cake.
Where have I seen Charlie Hodson-Prior before? Like Weir, Hodson-Prior is a relative newcomer.
Also appearing are Winter Jarrett-Glasspool as Amanda Thripp, Ashton Robertson as Nigel, Rei Yamauchi Fulker as Lavender, and Andrei Shen as Eric.
Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical will premiere in UK cinemas on November 25 and select US cinemas on December 9 before landing on Netflix on Christmas Day. Sign up for Netflix from £6.99 per month. Netflix is also available on Sky Glass and Virgin Media Stream.
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