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Emma Thompson to play Miss Trunchbull in Netflix’s ‘Matilda’ musical


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Emma Thompson to play Miss Trunchbull in Netflix’s ‘Matilda’ musical

EMMA THOMPSON. The award-winning actress is set to play Miss Trunchbull in the upcoming Netflix musical adaptation of 'Matilda.'

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She will star alongside Alisha Weir and Lashana Lynch, who are playing Matilda and Miss Honey, respectively

Emma Thompson is set to play the chocolate-hoarding, child-hurling headmistress Miss Trunchbull in Netflix’s upcoming musical film adaptation of Matilda.

In a tweet on Friday, January 15, Netflix announced that the Academy Award-winning actress would be taking the role.

She will be starring alongside newcomer Alisha Weir as the telekinetic young bookworm Matilda and Captain Marvel actress Lashana Lynch as the kind and caring teacher Miss Honey. Matthew Warchus will be directing.

Emma is known for her diverse filmography, and is no stranger to taking on quirky roles in kids’ movies. She played the magical nanny in the Nanny McPhee films, and the kooky divination professor Sybil Trelawney in the Harry Potter series.

The Netflix adaptation of Matilda will be based on the Tony Award-winning musical. The story comes from the classic Roald Dahl novel about a young girl who reads a lot and develops telekinetic powers, which she uses to battle her abusive parents and the evil Trunchbull.

The book has also previously been adapted into a 1996 cult favorite, starring Mara Wilson as Matilda and Pam Ferris as Miss Trunchbull.

Netflix has yet to announce a release date for the film. – Rappler.com

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