First Trailer for Steven Spielberg’s ‘The BFG’ Debuts

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First Trailer for Steven Spielberg’s ‘The BFG’ Debuts.

In a way, it’s surprising it took so long for Hollywood to adapt The BFG, one of Roald Dahl’s most beloved children’s novels, as a live-action movie.The talents of two of the world’s greatest storytellers – Roald Dahl and Steven Spielberg – finally unite to bring Dahl’s beloved classic “The BFG” to life.Steven Spielberg is following up his Cold War drama “Bridge of Spies” with a family-friendly fantasy film, “The BFG,” based on Roald Dahl‘s 1982 children’s book. Adapted from Roald Dahl’s 1982 kids’ book of the same name, The BFG tells the story of Sophie (Ruby Barnhill, in her first film role), a young London orphan who dreams of escaping her dreary boarding house.

The book’s protagonist is as plucky and lovable as that of Matilda (adapted in 1996), and its plot is as wild and surprising as that of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (adapted in 1971 and 2005). Directed by Spielberg, “The BFG” tells the imaginative story of a young girl and the Giant who introduces her to the wonders and perils of Giant Country. “I think it was kind of genius of Roald Dahl to be able to empower the children. From the looks of the first trailer for the new movie, though, the fact that it’s a family movie doesn’t mean it can’t be dark and maybe a little scary. “BFG” stands for “big friendly giant,” which ought to give audiences a clue that the title character of the movie likely doesn’t pose a threat to the story’s protagonist, Sophie (newcomer Ruby Barnhill). Late one night, long after all of the other children have gone to sleep, Sophie spots an enormous hooded figure as it prowls through the shadows outside; she doesn’t know it yet, but this is none other than the Big Friendly Giant (a computer-generated creature motion-captured by Bridge of Spies star Mark Rylance).

Darting back to her bed and hiding under the cover, a giant hand reaches through the window to apparently seize Sophie for her great adventure in Giant Country. “And that is where our story begins” a voice over says. It was very, very brave of him to introduce that combination of darkness and light,’ and being able to do scary, but also be redemptive at the same time and teach a lesson, an enduring lesson, to everyone, it was a wonderful thing for Dahl to have done, and it was one of the things that attracted me to want to direct this Dahl book,” says Spielberg. That’s where the trailer leaves the child, leaving audiences to imagine — or read — about the huge adventure that lies in store for her. 2015 may not bring everything that Back to the Future II promised it would: flying cars, self-lacing shoes, we don’t see ’em happening over the next 12 months. (Then again, don’t bet against Nike.) But this year will definitely pack plenty of punch when it comes to cultural happenings. We don’t see much of Mark Rylance as the gargantuan title character, but we do get a glimpse at the Wolf Hall star’s big, expressive eyes, a trait that will serve him well as the kindhearted colossus. Mad Max will roar back out of the apocalypse while Mad Men rides off into the sunset, rock’s Antichrist Superstar and hip-hop’s Yeezus will rise again.

Bill Hader, Jemaine Clement, Michael David Adamthwaite, Daniel Bacon, Chris Gibbs, Adam Godley, Jonathan Holmes, Paul Moniz de Sa and Ólafur Ólaffson also star. 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. Says Spielberg, “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.” Sophie and the BFG soon depart for London to see the Queen (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.

Directed by three-time Academy Award® winner Steven Spielberg (“Bridge of Spies,” “Schindler’s List,” ”Saving Private Ryan”) from a screenplay by Melissa Mathison (“E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial,” “The Black Stallion”) based on the best-selling novel by Roald Dahl, “The BFG” stars three-time Tony Award® and two-time Olivier Award winner Mark Rylance (“Bridge of Spies,” “Wolf Hall”), newcomer Ruby Barnhill, Penelope Wilton (“The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,” “Downton Abbey”), Jemaine Clement (“Rio 2,” “The Flight of the Conchords”), Rebecca Hall (“The Gift,” “Iron Man 3”), Rafe Spall (“The Big Short,” “Prometheus”) and Bill Hader (“Inside Out,” “Trainwreck”). Originally created as a bedtime story, “The BFG” was Dahl’s own favorite of all his stories. “It was very important for us to be loyal to the language,” says Spielberg, “and the great writer Melissa Mathison, who also wrote ‘E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial,’ wrote “The BFG.” Entertainment One UK is delighted to present the highly anticipated first look at Steven Spielberg’s forthcoming live-action summer blockbuster THE BFG with the release of the teaser trailer and the first still from the film!

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