After helming the more adult-geared drama Bridge of Spies, as Steven Spielberg is known to do, he also went ahead and shot a family-friendly tentpole before his Tom Hanks-led feature even made it to theaters. His adaptation of Roald Dahl‘s The BFG comes from the late from E.T. scribe Melissa Mathison, and it follows a young girl, Sophie, who guides the Queen of England and the BFG, a big, friendly giant, to stop Bloodbottlers, the big and unfriendly sort, from eating children.
The first trailer is much more of a teaser, thankfully not revealing too much footage yet. However, with its magical tone and wonderful-looking design, this looks to be the most fun Spielberg’s had in awhile, and we can’t wait to see it next summer. (It also looks to be a great double feature with A Monster Calls.) Featuring the cast of Mark Rylance, Ruby Barnhill, Bill Hader, Jemaine Clement, Michael David Adamthwaite, Daniel Bacon, Chris Gibbs, Adam Godley, Jonathan Holmes, Paul Moniz de Sa and Olafur Olaffson, check out the first trailer 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.
The BFG opens on July 1st, 2016.