While Steven Spielberg put on his Serious Adult Movie face with this fall’s “Bridge Of Spies,” next summer he goes back to his blockbuster roots with his Roald Dahl adaptation,”The BFG.” And yes, the fast-moving director already has a trailer for his next effort and it has landed online.
Mark Rylance, who earned raves and Oscar buzz for his turn opposite Tom Hanks in Spielberg’s spy flick, takes the titular role here about the friendship that develops between a little girl, Sophie (Ruby Barnhill), and, of course, a big friendly giant. Here’s the official synopsis:
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” will be Spielberg’s first-ever live-action 3D movie and feature a score by John Williams. It opens on July 1, 2016.