Graham and Riseborough will play the roles of Matilda’s parents, Mr. Wormwood and Mrs. Wormwood, in the new take on Roald Dahl’s classic children’s novel with Vee taking on the role of Mrs. Phelps.
The trio join Lashana Lynch, Dame Emma Thompson and newcomer Alisha Weir in the movie.
Alisha will play the title role, with Lashana portraying her kindly teacher Miss Honey and Emma playing the sadistic headmistress Miss Trunchbull.
The film is based on the stage production ‘Matilda the Musical’ and is being helmed by Matthew Warchus – who directed the musical – with original playwright Dennis Kelly adapting the script featuring music and lyrics from Tim Minchin.
The novel follows gifted five-year-old Matilda, whose gift for telekinesis helps her to overcome bullying from parents, classmates and the terrifying headmistress.
Warchus said: “‘Matilda’ will be an imaginative and fresh retelling of the award-winning musical, ‘Matilda’, featuring talented young newcomers, alongside established stars.
“I look forward to introducing this beloved and powerful story to a new generation of fans around the world.”
The story was previously adapted for the big screen in 1996, with Danny DeVito both starring and directing and Mara Wilson playing the lead role.
Stephen previously appeared in Guy Ritchie’s crime caper ‘Snatch’ and recalled being left gobsmacked by praise from his co-star Brad Pitt.
The 47-year-old actor said: There was one moment where I was sat talking to Brad Pitt, he just said to me, ‘You’ve got a lot of characters in you.’
“For him to say that and see that in me was … wow.
“What I learnt from that set was playfulness. I just had a lot of fun.”