The girl lost in daydreams and the headmistress of nightmares face off in the new teaser trailer for Roald Dahl‘s Matilda the Musical. It’s coming to Netflix this holiday season, and stars a nearly-unrecognizable Emma Thompson as Miss Trunchbull.
Adapted from the Tony-winning Matilda the Musical, this Netflix film is directed by Matthew Warchus with original music and lyrics by Tim Minchin. Alisha Weir (Darklands) plays the titular hero, a young girl with a sharp mind and the world’s dullest parents. While her mom (Andrea Riseborough) and dad (Stephen Graham) watch trash TV, Matilda quietly reads. This endears her to her teacher Miss Honey (Lashana Lynch), but draws the ire of Trunchbull (Thompson), a disciplinarian who craves nothing more than to see the children fall in line.
Trunchbull is a former world champion hammer thrower, as she reveals in the teaser. After picking up a student by the pigtails and hurling her across the yard, she barks out the order, “See if that child is still alive.” Check it out below.
Thompson was recently seen as The Baroness in Cruella and Poly in Doolittle. Next year she’ll appear in the cross-cultural romantic comedy What’s Love Got to Do With It? starring Lily James and Taj Atwal.
Dahl continues to be one of the world’s most popular authors, especially among Hollywood producers. Timothée Chalamet will play an inventive young confectioner in the prequel Wonka, and Wes Anderson has announced his intention to adapt The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar.