The classic Matilda movie is giving something to talk about since Netflix decided to make its remake.
One of the highest-grossing movies of the 90s will get a new version thanks to Netflix. It's about Matilda, the classic English children's story written by Roald Dahl in 1988, which hit the big screen in 1996 to become a hit.
Unlike the first feature film, the remake will be a musical based on the West End play, which premiered in London on November 24, 2011, and on Broadway, New York, on April 11, 2013.
The film will be in charge of the same team that adapted the book for the theatrical version: the direction in the hands of the British Matthew Warchus, the libretto by the playwright Dennis Kelly and the music by the composer Tim Minchin.
So far there are only two confirmed actors for this remake. Sweet Miss Honey, Matilda's teacher, and the girl's protector will be played by Lashana Lynch. The English actress is known for playing Maria Rambeay on Captain Marvel and Rosaline Capulet on the Still Star-Crossed series.
The most hated character in history, Trunchbull, will be in the hands of an actor who has already played one of the most terrible villains in English literature: Ralph Fiennes. The two-time Oscar nominee is popular thanks to his portrayal of Voldemort, in the Harry Potter saga, and for his stars in Schindler's List, The Grand Budapest Hotel, and The Constant Gardener, among many other feature films.
Matilda tells the story of a five-year-old genius girl, misunderstood by her family, who does not understand that she spends all day reading. Over time, the little girl develops powers that will help her free herself from her parents and the evil principal of her school, Trunchbull, who mistreats the boys who are in her charge.
The first film version was directed by Danny DeVito and starring him alongside Mara Wilson, Embeth Davidtz, Rhea Perlman, and Pam Ferris.
The theatrical version, which is more faithful to the book than the film, was a great success both in England and in the United States, obtaining some awards such as best musical, best director, and best choreography, among other categories, at the Olivier Awards - the awards for the best of English theater, and the award for best book and the honorary award for theatrical excellence at the North American Tony Awards.