Director Steven Spielberg has teamed up with Disney to adapt British author Roald Dahl’s story The BFG for the big screen.
And what does BFG actually stand for? Big Friendly Giant, of course.
Dahl’s story of the BFG first appeared in 1975’s Danny, the Champion of the World, and a stand-alone book was published in 1982.
The BFG (Mark Rylance) is the odd man out in Giant Country because he refuses to eat children like most giants do and would rather blow bottled dreams into their bedrooms. Sophie (Ruby Barnhill), a child living in an orphanage, discovers the BFG on one such night as he peeks into sleeping children’s rooms.
Here’s a look at Spielberg’s interpretation of Dahl’s magical story:
Barnhill starred in the 2015 TV series 4 O’Clock Club, with this being her first film role. You may know Rylance from his Emmy-nominated performance in 2015’s Wolf Hall as Thomas Cromwell.
Rylance is an acclaimed theater actor, having won three Tony Awards for his performances in Boeing-Boeing (2008), Jerusalem (2011) and Twelfth Night (2014).
Spielberg talked to The Guardian in 2014 about casting Rylance as the BFG, saying, “As I witnessed on stage, Mark Rylance is a transformational actor. I am excited and thrilled that Mark will be making this journey with us to Giant Country. Everything about his career so far is about making the courageous choice and I’m honored he has chosen The BFG as his next big screen performance.”
Spielberg and Rylance also worked together on the 2015 Cold War film Bridge of Spies. Rylance portrayed an alleged Soviet spy, who was defended by lawyer James B. Donovan (Tom Hanks).
This isn’t the first movie version of The BFG, with an animated film based on the book released in 1989.
Spielberg’s live-action film will hit U.S. theaters on July 1, 2016.
What do you think of the first look?Read More