Many of Roald Dahl’s books have been adapted to the screen: “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”, “Matilda” and “Fantastic Mr. Fox” are some examples that tend to appeal to every audience. Though an animated adaptation of “The BFG” was made back in 1989, there was still to be a live action version of the book. Not anymore, with Steven Spielberg’s film coming to theaters in 2016! This was the last script written by Melissa Mathison , who also wrote the screenplay for “E.T the Extra-Terrestrial”, before her passing earlier this year. The movie has been in development since 1991, when movie rights were purchased, and at one point Robin Williams was considered to play the title role.
The film stars Mark Rylance as the title character, and the first released trailer takes us through the first meeting between Sophie (Ruby Barnhill) and the Big Friendly Giant. After this encounter, Sophie finds out that the BFG, “despite his intimidating appearance, turns out to be a kindhearted soul who is considered an outcast by the other giants because unlike his peers refuses to eat boys and girls.” Bill Hader (Saturday Night Live) and Jemaine Clement (Flight of the Conchords) play said giants.
Spielberg has said “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.” According to him, the mix between darkness and light and scary and redemptive that Dahl achieved with his book was what made him interested in directing this project. Judging by the trailer, this is exactly the kind of mix we’re going to get.
Check out the trailer and share your thoughts! The movie opens on July 1st, 2016.
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