E.T. director Steven Spielberg is at it again with another childhood classic. Yep, his remake of The BFG is out July 22nd, and we cannot WAIT. Showcasing his new film at Cannes Film Festival, Spielberg spoke of his fondness for the book and his pleasure for creating magical films: “All of us have to believe in magic, because that magic will give us hope.” Based on the novel by Roald Dahl, Spielberg states The BFG is “a story about embracing our differences,” going on to say that “the values in the book and in the film, those are the values I wanted to impart in the telling of this story.” We don’t know about you, but we’re pretty sold. Here’s everything we know about the movie so far…
What’s It About?
The film tells the story of a little girl who becomes friends with (you guessed it!) a big friendly giant. When 10-year-old orphan Sophie gets whisked away to Giant Country her life is put in danger, but thanks to the BFG she ends up having a dream-like adventure concluding with a visit to the Queen. The pair develop a close friendship whilst mixing and delivering dreams to other children. It’s not all fun and games though, as the pair must evade capture from the bad giants whose diet consists entirely of youngsters like Sophie. Scary, right? However, the giants in question go by rather laughable names such as Fleshlumpeater and Bonecruncher. Forgive us for stifling a giggle…
Who’s In It?
Ruby Barnhill plays the main character Sophie, alongside Bridge of Spies star Mark Rylance. Filling the shoes of the bad giants are Bill Hader (who you may remember as Fear from Inside Out) and Jemaine Clement as Bloodbottler and Fleshlumpeater. As if that’s not enough, Penelope Wilton, yes the Downton Abbey star, will also make an appearance as the Queen.
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When Can I See It?
From the 22nd July this year. Pencil it in, ladies.
By Kadie Eve