‘Matilda’ Cast Re-Unite, Mara Wilson, Kiami Daveal Prove Friendship Is Still Intact

Two of the main stars of the beloved 1996 children’s film Matilda have reunited and proved that their friendship is still intact 19 years after the film was released.

Mara Wilson took the titular role in Danny DeVito’s adaptation of BFG author Roald Dahl’s beloved book, while Kiama Davael starred as her best friend, Lavender.

Davael took to her Twitter account last Friday to upload her reunion pic while also celebrating the fact that the two are still chums after all this time.

Matilda is regarded as a cult classic by many adults who grew up in the 90s. Acting legend Danny DeVito oversaw the production, which was his fifth directorial effort after 1984’s The Rating Game, Throw Momma From The Train, The War of the Roses, and Hoffa.

Matilda was a critical success too, with critics praising the fact that DeVito and his cast were able to re-create the sweet, whimsical nature of Dahl’s book while also creating his own unique, vivid world.

Matilda tells the tale of Matilda Wormwood, who, despite the fact that she is remarkably intelligent at such a young age with a vivacious and effervescent personality, is systematically belittled and neglected by her parents. She then looks to blossom this knowledge on her own.

But after finally getting into school, something that her parents had initially refused her to enter, she is then confronted by the evil Miss Trunchbull, a kid-hating headmistress. After being attacked by Trunchbull, she discovers that she has a remarkable power, which she then uses to fight back.

Alongside Wilson and Davael, Danny DeVito himself took one of the film’s lead roles, playing Matilda’s father, Harry Wormwood, while DeVito’s wife, Rhea Perlman, played her mother, Zinnia Wormwood. The rest of the cast was rounded off by Pam Ferris, Embeth Davidtz, Paul Reubens, and Tracey Walter.

Despite its critical acclaim, Matilda was a disappointment at the U.S. box office, only taking in $33 million despite its $36 million budget. However, it fared better on the international stage and ultimately amassed $62 million across the world.