Steven Spielberg is always up to something, and even though his latest film, A Cold War was just released two weeks ago, he’s already on to the next thing. Next year Spielberg is going to take an old Roald Dahl book to the big (friendly) screen.
Words: Ali Mulaga, Subeditor: Jason John
The BFG was published in 1982 telling a story about a girl called Sophie who befriends a big friendly giant. In his career, Dahl wrote countless iconic twentieth century children’s books, but the BFG is perhaps one of his most famous and memorable stories right behind James and the Giant Peach and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. So much so that the acronym doesn’t need much explaining, but for those who actually have not heard it before, BFG stands for ‘big friendly giant’.
The cast includes Mark Rylance as the BFG, Ruby Barnhill as Sophie, and Bill Hader as one of the less friendly giants, Bloodbottler, but only the former two were shown in the trailer released yesterday.
From the trailer it’s immediately clear that those who grew up reading the book will fall under its spell once again, and those who haven’t will find it just as mesmerizing. The camerawork looks dreamy, matching Barnhill’s voiceover perfectly, and rather than piecing together as many shots into a minute and a half as possible, it’s more of a teaser, showing ‘where our story begins.’
Take a look for yourself:
Don’t get too excited for this film as a date had not been set. The teaser only tells that The BFG will be releasing summer 2016.