Cast and creatives behind Netflix's upcoming screen adaptation of Tim Minchin and Dennis Kelly's Matilda The Musical were on hand in NYC December 7 for a special screening of the movie musical. See the screen and stage stars hit the carpet in photos below.
The film will see a limited release in movie theatres December 9 and a streaming release on Netflix December 25, but it's already in U.K. movie theatres via Sony Pictures UK and TriStar Pictures—read reviews here.
Based on the 1988 children's novel by Roald Dahl, the film stars Emma Thompson as Miss Trunchbull and newcomer Alisha Weir in the title role, alongside Lashana Lynch as Miss Honey, Sindhu Vee as Mrs. Phelps, and Stephen Graham and Andrea Riseborough as Mr. and Mrs. Wormwood.
Matilda The Musical follows Matilda Wormwood, a curious young girl with dodgy and absent parents, who is encouraged by her inspiring teacher Miss Honey. Matilda's excitement for attending Crunchem Hall is tampered by the discovery that the school is an oppressive place led by the evil Miss Trunchbull.
The Tony- and Olivier-winning theatre production was adapted for the silver screen by the musical's book writer Kelly, with original music and lyrics by Minchin. Having served as director of both the West End and Broadway productions, Tony winner Matthew Warchus returned to direct the Netflix film. Working Title's Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner and The Roald Dahl Story Company's Jon Finn and Luke Kelly serve as its producers.
The stage musical played on stages in New York City, New Zealand, Korea, Toronto, and London's West End, where it opened in 2011 and continues to run.