The film will open across the U.K. and Ireland exclusively in cinemas on 2nd December 2022
Netflix will release the film outside the U.K. December 2022
Sony Pictures U.K. and Tristar Pictures announced today that Matilda will be released across the U.K. and Ireland exclusively in cinemas on 2nd December 2022 for Christmas. Netflix will release the film in the rest of the world in December 2022.
Matilda is the film adaptation of the multi-award-winning and massively successful stage musical, inspired by the iconic Roald Dahl story. It tells the tale of an extraordinary girl who, armed with a sharp mind and a vivid imagination, dares to take a stand to change her story with miraculous results. Newcomer Alisha Weir will play as Matilda alongside a stellar cast including BAFTA and Academy Award® winner Emma Thompson as Miss Trunchbull and Lashana Lynch as Miss Honey. Stephen Graham and Andrea Riseborough will play Matilda’s parents Mr. and Mrs. Wormwood, and Sindhu Vee joins the ensemble cast as librarian Mrs. Phelps. Tony® and Olivier Award winner Matthew Warchus, who directed Matilda The Musical for the West End and Broadway, will direct the film adaptation. The film is being produced by Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner of Working Title, Jon Finn, and Luke Kelly of The Roald Dahl Story Company. The screenplay is adapted by Dennis Kelly with original music and lyrics written by Tim Minchin.
With over 300 million books sold to date, and one book sold every 2.5 seconds, Roald Dahl stories continue to grow in popularity. Matilda remains one of Roald Dahl’s most beloved titles, now translated into over 50 languages, with over 18 million copies sold worldwide. The book was adapted for film in 1996 and a stage musical adaptation by The Royal Shakespeare Company debuted on the West End in 2011 before touring the world including 1,555 performances on Broadway. The musical has received widespread critical acclaim, especially in the UK, winning seven Olivier Awards, including Best New Musical, as well as five Tony Awards.
About Sony Pictures Entertainment
Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) is a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sony Group Corporation. SPE’s global operations encompass motion picture production, acquisition, and distribution; television production, acquisition, and distribution; television networks; digital content creation and distribution; operation of studio facilities; and development of new entertainment products, services and technologies. Sony Pictures Television operates dozens of wholly-owned or joint-venture production companies around the world. SPE’s Motion Picture Group production organizations include Columbia Pictures, Screen Gems, TriStar Pictures, 3000 Pictures, Sony Pictures Animation, Stage 6 Films, AFFIRM Films, Sony Pictures International Productions, and Sony Pictures Classics.
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About Working Title
Working Title Films, co-chaired by Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner since 1992, is one of the world’s leading film production companies. Together they have made more than 100 films that have grossed over $8.5 billion worldwide. Its films have won 14 Academy Awards®, 40 BAFTA Awards and numerous prestigious prizes at the Cannes and Berlin International Film Festivals.
Bevan and Fellner have been honoured with the Producers Guild of America’s David O. Selznick Achievement Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures, the PGA’s highest honour for motion picture producers. They have also been accorded two of the highest film awards given to British filmmakers; the Michael Balcon Award for Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema, at the Orange British Academy Film [BAFTA] Awards, and the Alexander Walker Film Award at the Evening Standard British Film Awards. They have also both been honored with CBEs (Commanders of the Order of the British Empire).
The upcoming film slate includes Last Night in Soho directed by Edgar Wright starring Anya Taylor-Joy, Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie and Matt Smith, Cyrano, directed by Joe Wright starring Peter Dinklage, Haley Bennett, Kelvin Harrison Jr. and Ben Mendelsohn and What’s Love Got to Do With It, written by Jemima Khan and directed by Shekhar Kapur, starring Lily James, Shazad Latif and Emma Thompson. Also in production this year is Catherine, Called Birdy, written and directed by Lena Dunham, staring Bella Ramsey, Andrew Scott and Billie Piper, and The Swimmers, written by Jack Thorne and directed by Sally El Hosaini.
Working Title’s six-part comedy series We Are Lady Parts by Nida Manzoor is currently airing on Channel 4 and Peacock and set for production later this year is Everything I Know about Love adapted by Dolly Alderton from her best-selling book.