Lashana Lynch’s career is going from strength to strength.
Not only is she starring in the upcoming Bond movie No Time To Die, but she’s reportedly in the final negotiations to play the iconic Miss Honey in the remake of Matilda.
It’s been confirmed that Netflix is remaking the Roald Dahl classic, about a fiercely talented little girl who is underestimated by everyone except Miss Honey.
If the rumours are true, Lynch will play the teacher who befriends five-year-old Matilda. She encourages her to learn and read books, and helps her to use her powers properly.
In the original film, Embeth Davidtz played Miss Honey. It was directed by and starred Danny DeVito, and made a star out of Mara Wilson who played young Matilda.
Netflix are remaking the 1996 feature film. Matthew Warchus is directing, and he also worked on the stage musical. Dennis Kelly is adapting the screenplay with music and lyrics from Australian comedian and musician Tim Minchin. Minchin won awards for the music for the stage show.
It will be released in cinemas as well at Netflix, but there’s no definite date of when it will be released.
Lynch ruffled feathers in 2020 when it was confirmed she would play the MI6 agent Nomi, who takes over the title of 007 while Bond is in exile at the start of the film. Fans were upset at the thought of 007 being a woman, and a Black woman too.
In an interview with GQ, she said: “White patriarchy will always have something to say when it comes to things like that, but the magnitude of it was ridiculous.”
“For me, none of it is real,” Lynch said. “As soon as my phone is off or I’m out of the app, it quite literally doesn’t exist anymore.” She also said shes “tired” of “the fact that you have to celebrate it, like it’s this New Age thing, like Black people have just arrived on the planet.”
Matilda isn’t the only Roald Dahl classic to be remade. In 2020, The Witches was rebooted starring Anne Hathaway. The film received some negative responses, with people saying it used disability as a costume. The Witches were shown with a condition called Ectrodactyly (also known as ‘split hand’). Her missing limbs were used to be scary, and it offended charities who work hard to break any stigma.
Anne apologised for the portrayal of The Grand High Witch in the latest film. “I have recently learned that many people with limb differences, especially children, are in pain because of the portrayal of the Grand High Witch in The Witches,” Hathaway wrote in an Instagram post.
“Let me begin by saying I do my best to be sensitive to the feelings and experiences of others not out of some scrambling PC fear, but because not hurting others seems like a basic level of decency we should all be striving for. As someone who really believes in inclusivity and really, really detests cruelty, I owe you all an apology for the pain caused.”
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