It’s been a long time coming and at last Roald Dahl’s The BFG is being made into a film, joining Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda and The Witches as some of Dahl’s classic children’s books that have been adapted for the big screen.
For those who don’t know — and you’ve missed out — The BFG, which was first published in 1982, tells the tale of 10-year-old Sophie, who meets the Big Friendly Giant (or rather he plucks her out of her orphanage bed one night). Sophie and the BFG join forces to defeat the evil giants invading England, even enlisting the help of the Queen of England.
In the film adaptation newcomer Ruby Barnhill plays Sophie, Wolf Hall’s Mark Rylance plays the BFG and Dowton Abbey’s Mrs. Crawley, Penelope Wilton, plays the Queen.
Academy Award-winning director Steven Spielberg is the mastermind behind the adaptation, which is Spielberg’s first stint at directing a children’s film for Disney. Spielberg said he realised how important it was for Dahl’s books to “empower the children” and show that “even a little girl can help a big giant solve his biggest problems.” The screenplay is by the late Melissa Mathison, who worked with Spielberg on E.T: the Extra-Terrestrial — so the chances of The BFG being another timeless family film are high.
Watch the brand new teaser trailer for The BFG below. We’re incredibly excited.
The BFG will be released in the U.K. on July 22, 2016, marking the 100th anniversary of Dahl’s birth.