Steven Spielberg has unveiled the first teaser for Disney’s THE BFG, which will be in theaters July 1, 2016! 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.
My daughter read this book in 2nd grade with her class and can’t wait for this movie!
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. 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. Together, they come up with a plan to get rid of the giants once and for all.
Disney’s The BFG – Teaser Trailer
Kathleen Kennedy is the Producer on this film, and she spoke about it when I interviewed her as part of the STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS press event (she produced that too!):
Kathleen: The B.F.G. is something that I had spent years off and on developing. Many, many years. And I must say many, many conversations with Steven who I kept saying, “This is really right for you.” And then, of course, within I would say a month after I decided to take over Lucasfilm he called me up and he goes, “You know, I read the script again and I really want to make the movie.” And I was ready to go through the phone and strangle him.
Not only having Steven involved in this, but the fact that technology has caught up with making the film is really quite spectacular. What he’s doing with this is going to be pretty mind-blowing. And very emotional. Sadly we had Melissa Mathison pass away recently. She wrote the script and she did E.T. so I think people are going to be incredibly pleased with how this movie turns out.
Love this pic of Walt Disney and Roald Dahl together in Hollywood in 1942. This movie is going to be brilliant! Stay up to speed with Disney’s THE BFG by following along on Facebook. I’ll keep you posted too!
Disney’s THE BFG hits theaters July 1, 2016!
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— Lindsay (@SeeMomClick) December 20, 2015