Netflix’s Matilda Remake Sparks Reaction With ‘Fat Suit’ Use

Netflix recently revealed a new trailer along with some first look images for Matilda the Musical, a new take on the famous Roald Dahl story. The cast includes Dame Emma Thompson as Miss Trunchbull, and for the casting, the actress underwent a physical transformation. Along with facial prosthetics, Thompson also wears what is often described as a “fat suit” under his clothes. This has sparked a new conversation online about the use of fat suits in movies and television, as there are many who find them offensive.

“So disappointing to see Emma Thompson in a fat suit for this role,” tweeted one disappointed Thompson fan. “I’ve always loved her job. But it’s so disgusting.”


Another tweeter added, “I can’t believe someone would agree to put a skinny person in this costume for the musical Matilda. The original was fat phobia enough but now they put Emma Thompson in a fat suit.”

“STOP THIS,” said another. “Another actor in a fat suit comes to a cinema near you. There are fat people who can act. LEAVE THEM if the role is for a fat character. Ugh ugh ugh.”

Many others on social media echo this same sentiment, but this is certainly not a one-sided debate. There are others who argue that Thompson is simply a phenomenal actress who is right for the role, while her physical transformation for the role is to make her look more like the one described in the source material. However, Matilda the Musical fat suit has generated a lot of chatter.

Related: Matilda the Musical Trailer Introduces Alisha Weir as Child Prodigy & Emma Thompson as Trunchbull

Netflix Reimagines Matilda With This New Reboot

Previously, Matilda was developed as a feature film directed by Danny DeVito, who also co-stars with Mara Wilson. This is new Matilda the Musical The film is directed by Matthew Warchus and written by Dennis Kelly, although it is based on the 1988 novel by Roald Dahl and the previous film. Alisha Weir plays the new Matilda Wormwood with Emma Thompson as Miss Trunchbull, and the cast also includes Lashana Lynch, Stephen Graham, Andrea Riseborough, and Sindhu Vee. You can check out the trailer and the new synopsis below.

Matilda Wormwood (Weir) is a little girl with great curiosity, a sharp mind and a vivid imagination — and the worst parents in the world. While his parents (Graham and Riseborough) were content with trash TV and dodgy money-making schemes, he likes to drown in the pages of his beloved book. Where they are harsh, selfish and unkind he is a quiet observer, contemplating petty and mischievous acts of rebellion and revenge.

When she meets her inspirational teacher, Miss Honey (Lashana Lynch), Matilda is encouraged and begins to conjure up her own fantastic story. Eager to attend Crunchem Hall, Matilda is shocked to discover the school is an ominous and oppressive place led by the big and evil Miss Trunchbull (Thompson).

Besides the kind Miss Darling, the bright light among the cruelty is the storyteller librarian, Mrs. Phelps (Vee), and Matilda’s new school friends. Filled with an extraordinary sense of justice, Matilda bravely stood up for what was right and taught Trunchbull a lesson he will never forget.

Matilda the Musical will be released this holiday season worldwide excluding the UK and Ireland; Sony Pictures UK and Tristar Pictures will release the film in the UK and Ireland exclusively in theaters on 2 December 2022.

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