Many of Roald Dahl’s classic childrens stories have become equally classic films. While Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Witches, and even Fantastic Mr Fox, have all found life in celluloid, Dahl’s biggest character of all has yet to be shown on the big screen. The dream team of Disney and Steven Spielberg will finally change that next summer when The BFG steps into theaters.
Spielberg’s first film for the mouse house, The BFG also reunited the acclaimed director with Melissa Mathison, the late screenwriter of E.T. The story tells of an orphan girl named Sophie (Ruby Barnhill in her debut feature), who is abducted by a big, friendly giant (Mark Rylance of stage and Bridge of Spies fame) and brought to the land of giants and dreams. While the first teaser trailer for the film doesn’t reveal much more than that, there isn’t much more you need to know. Disney, Dahl, Spielberg, Mathison, and a score by John Williams — get ready for a classic.
Check out the teaser below.
The talents of three of the world’s greatest storytellers — Roald Dahl, Walt Disney and Steven Spielberg — finally unite to bring Dahl’s beloved classic The BFG to life. Directed by Spielberg, Disney’s The BFG tells the imaginative story of a young girl and the Giant who introduces her to the wonders and perils of Giant Country. The BFG (Mark Rylance), while a giant himself, is a Big Friendly Giant and nothing like the other inhabitants of Giant Country. Standing 24-feet tall with enormous ears and a keen sense of smell, he is endearingly dim-witted and keeps to himself for the most part. Giants like Bloodbottler (Bill Hader) and Fleshlumpeater (Jemaine Clement) on the other hand, are twice as big and at least twice as scary and have been known to eat humans, while the BFG prefers Snozzcumber and Frobscottle. Upon her arrival in Giant Country, Sophie, a precocious 10-year-old girl from London, is initially frightened of the mysterious giant who has brought her to his cave, but soon comes to realize that the BFG is actually quite gentle and charming, and, having never met a giant before, has many questions. The BFG brings Sophie to Dream Country where he collects dreams and sends them to children, teaching her all about the magic and mystery of dreams. Having both been on their own in the world up until now, their affection for one another quickly grows, but Sophie’s presence in Giant Country has attracted the unwanted attention of the other giants, who have become increasingly more bothersome. Sophie and the BFG soon depart for London to see Queen Victoria (Penelope Wilton) and warn her of the precarious giant situation, but they must first convince the Queen and her maid, Mary (Rebecca Hall), that giants do indeed exist. Together, they come up with a plan to get rid of the giants once and for all.