If this isn’t family movie gold, it’s hard to imagine what would be: a Walt Disney Studios adaptation of a Roald Dahl book directed by Steven Spielberg. The BFG represents a reunion on many levels with Spielberg re-teaming with his Bridge of Spies actor, Academy Award-winner Mark Rylance; his preferred composer John Williams, who had to pass on Spies because of his work on Star Wars; and with his E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial screenwriter Melissa Mathison, who sadly passed away late last year. In the new trailer for The BFG you’ll note the distinct feeling of homecoming, a callback to vintage 80s Spielberg, with the adventure of an orphaned child into a realm of the extraordinary.
Can you believe that this is Spielberg’s first Disney movie? You’ll surely note that the trailer for The BFG seems to check all the boxes for classic Spielberg and Disney with a precocious heroine, a misunderstood new friend, a fantastical setting and creatures that start to push up against the mundane reality of our magic-less world.
The story follows 10-year-old Sophie (Ruby Barnhill), who is taken away to Giant Country by the titular character, a 24-foot-tall giant (Rylance) who seems to share Sophie’s sense of loneliness and isolation. The land of giants isn’t all peaches and cream though. Unfriendly giants Bloodbottler (Bill Hader) and Fleshlumpeater (Jemaine Clement) have got a hankering for snacks, and their snack of choice is the people living in London, forcing Sophie and BFG to race home and warn the Queen (Penelope Wilton) that bad giants are coming. Intrigued yet? Check out the trailer below:
The BFG will be in theaters everywhere on July 1, but it will first be seen at later this spring as an Official Selection at Cannes.