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  • Awardsfan1990
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    I’m sure they’ll work in a cameo in some way. They got Karen Dotrice (Jane Banks from Mary Poppins) to make a cameo in Mary Poppins Returns, even though she retired from acting decades ago.

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    Whoever plays Miss Trunchbull (with the exception of one production, it’s always a man, which I’m sure will translate to film) will also likely enter into the awards conversation. The role is a beautiful combination of hilariousness, nightmare fuel, and some huge show stoppers. I really, really, really hope they get Bertie Carvel to reprise the part. He’s not a big mainstream name, but his performance was utter perfection, and the producers went out of their way to have him reprise the show on Broadway, so hopefully they’ll do it again here. There might be some big names who could do it justice though. Maybe Adam Driver, who has a decent voice, the towering stature, is in very good shape which should help with the physical nature of the part, and a good combination of comedic and dramatic chops. Although his voice might be too low to convincingly raise to a level where he sounds like a woman, but not all actors try to sound feminine when doing the role. But honestly, I don’t think anybody can do it better than Carvel. It’s like he was made to do that role, he was that sensational.

    I would LOVE them to get Bertie Carvel to do it. He is so freaking phenomenal in that part. But I think realistically they’re going to want a big name in the role of Trunchbull – whoever plays Matilda is likely going to be an unknown so they’ll want someone with name recognition in the main adult part.

    That said, I can’t think of any suitably imposing actors who sing who could do it. Trunchbull’s physicality is so intense, and she has to tower over literally every other character. Maybe Hugh Jackman? He’s a big guy and he sings.

    You’re right re: Adam Driver, but he has a musical coming out this year already and he doesn’t seem like the type of guy who would do another one right away.

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    Jeffrey Kare
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    I’m sure they’ll work in a cameo in some way. They got Karen Dotrice (Jane Banks from Mary Poppins) to make a cameo in Mary Poppins Returns, even though she retired from acting decades ago.

    Not to mention that several other stage-to-screen musical adaptations from this past century were able to incorporate cameos from people who were previously involved with any incarnation of the source material. Examples of this include Chita Rivera making a cameo appearance in 2002’s Chicago, Loretta Devine appearing as a jazz singer in 2006’s Dreamgirls, John Waters, Jerry Stiller, & Ricki Lake each made separate cameos in 2007’s Hairspray, Constantine Maroulis cameoing in 2012’s Rock of Ages, as well as Colm Wilkinson & Frances Ruffelle both making separate appearances in 2012’s Les Misérables. Even Andrea McArdle was able to make a cameo in the 1999 TV version of Annie.

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    I would LOVE them to get Bertie Carvel to do it. He is so freaking phenomenal in that part. But I think realistically they’re going to want a big name in the role of Trunchbull – whoever plays Matilda is likely going to be an unknown so they’ll want someone with name recognition in the main adult part. That said, I can’t think of any suitably imposing actors who sing who could do it. Trunchbull’s physicality is so intense, and she has to tower over literally every other character. Maybe Hugh Jackman? He’s a big guy and he sings. You’re right re: Adam Driver, but he has a musical coming out this year already and he doesn’t seem like the type of guy who would do another one right away.

    I considered Hugh, and he might possibly work. I’m just really not sure if he could vocally do the part. That hasn’t stopped him before though.

    Now I just remembered, there’s no way Jackman could do it. By the time shooting begins he’s gonna be rehearsing for his Broadway production of The Music Man. There’s no way they’ll let him play a major role in a film at that time.

    Trunchbull really is gonna be tough to cast. That’s why I’m not gonna give up on my hope of Bertie doing it again, as they may realize that they just can’t get a mainstream cinematic actor who’s right for the role. For anyone looking at this forum who hasn’t seen him do it, you don’t know what you’re missing out on. It was one of the most utterly hysterical performances I’ve ever seen.

    Also, I just realized that Renée Zellweger could probably be a pretty good Mrs. Wormwood.

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    I considered Hugh, and he might possibly work. I’m just really not sure if he could vocally do the part. That hasn’t stopped him before though. Now I just remembered, there’s no way Jackman could do it. By the time shooting begins he’s gonna be rehearsing for his Broadway production of The Music Man. There’s no way they’ll let him play a major role in a film at that time. Trunchbull really is gonna be tough to cast. That’s why I’m not gonna give up on my hope of Bertie doing it again, as they may realize that they just can’t get a mainstream cinematic actor who’s right for the role.

    Oh shit, yeah in that case he’s probably a no. And you’re right, it’s going to be really hard to cast. That combination of being physically imposing, terrifying and hilarious (plus being able to sing the role) is a lot of things to get right.

    Gerard Butler is tall and sings but I don’t know if he still has any mainstream appeal, or the comedy chops to pull it off. Does Gwendoline Christie sing? She’s got the physicality for it if they want to cast a female Trunchbull.

    Chris Pine? Though I think he has a Star Trek sequel coming up.

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    Oh shit, yeah in that case he’s probably a no. And you’re right, it’s going to be really hard to cast. That combination of being physically imposing, terrifying and hilarious (plus being able to sing the role) is a lot of things to get right. Gerard Butler is tall and sings but I don’t know if he still has any mainstream appeal, or the comedy chops to pull it off. Does Gwendoline Christie sing? She’s got the physicality for it if they want to cast a female Trunchbull. Chris Pine? Though I think he has a Star Trek sequel coming up.

    I don’t think they’d go for Butler since he’s no longer a big name, and his singing in Phantom was so divisive. I love Gwendoline Christie and she might be able to do Trunchbull, but I feel like something is taken away when the role’s played by a woman. Pine might be able to do it. Into the Woods showed that he can sing, be funny, and ham it up. He might be a bit too handsome for the part though. Still, he could work.

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    I’m just excited to see what they do with it and I hope it’s done well.

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    I don’t think they’d go for Butler since he’s no longer a big name, and his singing in Phantom was so divisive. I love Gwendoline Christie and she might be able to do Trunchbull, but I feel like something is taken away when the role’s played by a woman. Pine might be able to do it. Into the Woods showed that he can sing, be funny, and ham it up. He might be a bit too handsome for the part though. Still, he could work.

    Yeah he might be, but I can see them either going for someone too ‘pretty’ or someone who has the height but not the build and putting them in prosthetics.

    Looking at his IMDB Chris Pine has a lot coming up. I can see both him and Driver being on the wishlist but with neither ending up doing it.

    Whatever happens I think Trunchbull will be the most anticipated casting announcement for this, for sure!

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    Not to mention that several other stage-to-screen musical adaptations from this past century were able to incorporate cameos from people who were previously involved with any incarnation of the source material. Examples of this include Chita Rivera making a cameo appearance in 2002’s Chicago, Loretta Devine appearing as a jazz singer in 2006’s Dreamgirls, John Waters, Jerry Stiller, & Ricki Lake each made separate cameos in 2007’s Hairspray, Constantine Maroulis cameoing in 2012’s Rock of Ages, as well as Colm Wilkinson & Frances Ruffelle both making separate appearances in 2012’s Les Misérables. Even Andrea McArdle was able to make a cameo in the 1999 TV version of Annie.

    It’s been such a while that I’ve seen Chicago that I can’t even remember which scene Chita Rivera made her cameo in. I’ll definitely have to go back and watch it to see if I can spot her.

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    I don’t think they’d go for Butler since he’s no longer a big name, and his singing in Phantom was so divisive. I love Gwendoline Christie and she might be able to do Trunchbull, but I feel like something is taken away when the role’s played by a woman. Pine might be able to do it. Into the Woods showed that he can sing, be funny, and ham it up. He might be a bit too handsome for the part though. Still, he could work.

    If Gerard Butler is cast, then this project is immediately doomed to fail. The only movies he’s ever been good in are the How To Train Your Dragon movies. That’s it!! Everything else: big failure!!

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    It’s been such a while that I’ve seen Chicago that I can’t even remember which scene Chita Rivera made her cameo in. I’ll definitely have to go back and watch it to see if I can spot her.

    She’s one of Mama’s matrons when Roxie is first jailed and tells her that money keeps Mama happy.

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    You can find Chita talking to Roxie at the beginning of this scene before it goes into ‘When You’re Good to Mama’.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3t6_odu4lNc

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    I don’t think they’d go for Butler since he’s no longer a big name, and his singing in Phantom was so divisive.

    I wouldn’t go as far to say divisive because he ended up finishing in second place of MsMojo’s Top 10 Most Notoriously Bad Singing in Movie Musicals video only behind Pierce Brosnan in Mamma Mia!.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K2NEVteFZ9w

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    Also, I just realized that Renée Zellweger could probably be a pretty good Mrs. Wormwood.

    she does have a rather good singing voice, this might just be the follow-up vehicle she desperately needs after judy

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    I wouldn’t go as far to say divisive because he ended up finishing in second place of MsMojo’s Top 10 Most Notoriously Bad Singing in Movie Musicals video only behind Pierce Brosnan in Mamma Mia!. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K2NEVteFZ9w

    True, the reaction to his singing was definitely more negative than positive. He’s still got his fans though. I personally didn’t like him.

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