Matilda: the film of the stage musical to shoot in 2021

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The movie of the Matilda musical finally films next year – and open auditions are taking place for one of the key roles in the film too.

It’s been a long time coming, but the big screen take on the Matilda musical – in turn based on the book by Roald Dahl – will finally go before the cameras next year.

The award-winning – and frankly brilliant – show was penned by Dennis Kelly, with music and lyrics by Tim Minchin. Matthew Warchus (Pride) directed the production. I spoke to Warchus about a possible filmed version of it many years ago, and he said that they couldn’t make it, presumably for rights restrictions reasons, until 2019.


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Earlier this year, it was announced that the film was going to be a co-production between Sony Pictures and Netflix. Furthermore, that the core creative team behind the stage show were all on board for the movie.

Plans to film the movie earlier this year had to be shelved for pretty obvious reasons, Now though the plan will be to film Matilda The Musical on location in the UK next spring.

In fact, an open audition has been announced for the role of Bruce Bogtrotter in the musical. The casting note reads:

Young male actors and dancers interested in the role need to be 4ft6 or under, and must be at least 9 years old by January 2021. No previous acting experience is required.  All shapes and sizes welcomed, but dance ability is key. If your child would like to be considered, please send us their name, date of birth, current height and a recent photograph to bruceopencall at by Tuesday 8 December 2020. Auditions will take place in London on December 12th 2020.

It’s feasible that the film could be with us this time next year, although more likely its release will slip into 2022. We’ll keep you posted as we hear more about it, though.

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