Film adaptation of Matilda to shoot in autumn
Matthew Warchus will direct a feature adaptation of hit stage musical Matilda for UK producing powerhouse Working Title Films.
Filming is due to run from August-December this year; casting director Lucy Bevan is currently looking for a young girl to play the lead as well as children to play Matilda’s classmates.
The theatre iteration of Roald Dahl’s much-loved book opened in the West End in 2011 and currently holds the record – jointly with Hamilton – for the most Olivier awards won by a musical.
Tim Minchin (pictured) wrote the music for the show, which has a book by Dennis Kelly.
Minchin is on board as composer for the new film adaptation; Kelly will write the screenplay.
Warchus has been artistic director of London’s Old Vic Theatre since 2015. He is best-known as a theatre director, but was also at the helm of 2014 feature film Pride, which scooped several gongs including Best British Independent Film at the British Independent Film Awards.
Image credit: Damian Bennett.
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