Everyone’s favourite childhood book character is finally back on the big screen in a film adaptation of the West End hit, Matilda the Musical.

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The movie, which follows Matilda (Alicia Weir) as she leads a revolution at her new school against the villainous headmistress Ms Trunchbull (Emma Thompson), features songs by Tim Minchin and is based on the classic children’s novel by Roald Dahl.

One “big musical number” didn’t make it into the finished film, however.

Matilda the Musical star Andrea Riseborough told RadioTimes.com that the cast worked on the sequence for the track Loud for months, but the scene was eventually scrapped.

"There’s a big musical number that we shot [Loud] and which we worked on for three or four months, and which isn’t in the finished film,” she said.

“That’s often the case with a musical film but it was such a joy to do it and have that sort of fun.”

She added that “the film works without” the song.

The movie also sees James Bond actress Lashana Lynch adopt the iconic role of Matilda’s ally and sweet teacher, Miss Honey, while Stephen Graham steps in as Weir’s on-screen conman dad, Mr Wormwood, and Emma Thompson portrays the battleaxe Miss Trunchball.

Asked what he made of the ever-spectacular Thompson joining the cast, Minchin told Radio Times Magazine: "She’s fearless and outrageous in that role. We’ve always cast men as Miss Trunchbull on stage because she has to be six feet tall and pick up a child and swing it around. The men who play Trunchbull often end up in physio. But in a film you can use CGI, so then it’s a case of, who’s the best actor?"

Read on for everything you could want to know about how to watch this adaptation of Matilda the Musical, including when it's set to land on Netflix.

Is Matilda the musical movie on Netflix?

Emma Thompson as Miss Trunchbull in Matilda the Musical. Sony PIctures

Not yet. It will be a while before the movie is available to watch on Netflix.

In the UK, there's currently no release date for the film's Netflix debut, but it will be available in the US and globally from 25th December.

However, that doesn't mean you won't be able to watch it this side of the pond, though, as the musical will have a theatrical release in November.

Is Matilda the musical movie available to watch in cinemas?

Alisha Weir in Matilda musical movie
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Yes, Matilda the Musical is out now in UK cinemas. It became available to watch from 25th November, following its premiere at the BFI London Film Festival.

In the US, the movie premiers in select theatres on 9th December.

Who appears in the Matilda musical movie?

Stephen Graham as Mr Wormwood and Andrea Riseborough as Mrs Wormwood in Matilda the Musical.

The movie has secured a stellar cast, which includes Emma Thompson as Miss Trunchbull, Lashana Lynch as Miss Honey and Alisha Weir as Matilda.

The reliably brilliant Stephen Graham (The Walk-In, Peaky Blinders) will play Matilda's father, while Andrea Riseborough (Oblivion, Birdman, Never Let Me Go) will play her mother.

Comedian Sindhu Vee has also joined the Matilda cast, playing librarian Mrs Phelps.

Roald Dahl's Matilda the Musical will premiere in UK cinemas on 25th November and in select US theatres on 9th December before it lands on Netflix on Christmas Day. Sign up for Netflix from £6.99 a month. Netflix is also available on Sky Glass and Virgin Media Stream.

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