Ralph Fiennes lands another villain role as he plays Miss Trunchbull in Netflix's Matilda adaptation.
Ralph Fiennes takes on another villain role as the tyrannical headteacher Miss Trunchbull in Netflix's Matilda adaptation.
Fiennes is no stranger to being the bad guy in movies. He is the actor behind Voldemort, the nemesis of Harry Potter in J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series. He once admitted that he made a young boy burst into tears when dressed as the Dark Lord.
He has also voiced Lord Victor Quartermaine in the delightful Wallace and Gromit in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit. And if that's not enough, he also played as a serial killer named "The Tooth Fairy" in Red Dragon.
Now, Fiennes is expected to make children upset again as Miss Trunchbull.
This is Netflix's first casting news for the musical adaptation and some people were caught off guard. However, it is worth noting that a man played Trunchbull's character in the original Matilda The Musical stage play so Fiennes casting does not seem that far fetched. The Musical has been running in London since 2011 and has been successfully played in Broadway between 2013-2017.
Netflix's Matilda adaptation is based on the musical stage play version of Roald Dahl's classic story about a genius, book-loving young girl named Matilda who possesses telekinetic abilities. She uses her power to play pranks on her evil parents and mean headmistress Miss Trunchbull.
Miss Trunchbull is a formidable character and we can't wait to see the Lord Voldemort himself put a spin on this role. But with his impeccable acting record, we are confident that Fiennes will turn this to another iconic villain.
Meanwhile, Jodie Comer has been rumored to play the role of Miss Honey.
Tony Award Winner Dennis Kelly will pen the screenplay and the show’s original director Matthew Warchus will be onboard. Australian comedian Tim Minchin, who is best known for his musical comedy, will compose the music and lyrics for the production.
There's still no news as to when the team will begin filming. Netflix has also announced that Matilda is only one of the many Roald Dahl adaptations that are heading to the streaming service. The company is also planning to come up with their versions of Willy Wonka, The BFG, The Twits, Charlie and, the Great Glass Elevator among others.
In the 1996 Matilda film, Pam Ferris played Trunchbull, alongside Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman as the parents of Matilda (Mara Wilson). The film was fantastic and has set the bars high for the Netflix's adaptation. Will Netflix make a decent, if not better adaptation from this classic? We can't wait to find out.