From the brilliant mind of Steven Spielberg and the empire that is Disney comes the live-action cinematic debut of The BFG. Check out the trailer and read on for more!
Adapted from Roald Dahl’s classic children’s book, The BFG tells the tale of the young Sophie (Ruby Barnhill) and her misadventures in the Giant Country. Set to a magical yet ominous score, the trailer opens with a shot of a London nursery and the young Sophie roaming the halls late at night. We then get a story about the dreaded witching hour accompanied by Sophie detailing what not to do when said hour arrives. As is the case with most 10 year olds, she does the opposite of what she’s told and ends up in the clutches of a giant shadowy figure (presumably the big friendly giant).
Judging from the quick teaser the film looks gorgeous. I’m already sold on Ruby as our guide into the world of the giants and that final shot of the massive hand looming over Sophie as she cowers under the covers has me super stoked for the film.
Hitting theatres on July 1st, 2016 (marking the 100th year of Dahl) The BFG follows in the footsteps of other recent live-action fairy tales such as Maleficent, Cinderella and Alice in Wonderland. Set to be the fourth Dahl story told on film (James and the Giant Peach, Matilda, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory), Steven Spielberg has teamed up with E.T. writer Melissa Mathison to bring this childhood classic to life.
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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. “I think it was kind of genius of Roald Dahl to be able to empower the children. It was very, very brave of him to introduce that combination of darkness and light which was so much Disney’s original signature in a lot of their earlier works like in ‘Dumbo,’ ‘Fantasia,’ ‘Snow White’ and ‘Cinderella,’ and being able to do scary, but also be redemptive at the same time and teach a lesson, an enduring lesson, to everyone, it was a wonderful thing for Dahl to have done, and it was one of the things that attracted me to want to direct this Dahl book,” says Spielberg.
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. Says Spielberg, “It’s a story about friendship, it’s a story about loyalty and protecting your friends and it’s a story that shows that even a little girl can help a big giant solve his biggest problems.” 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.