“Never get out of bed. Never go to the window. Never look behind the curtain.”
Roald Dahl’s The BFG (or Big Friendly Giant) is an all-time classic of children’s literature, so who better to bring it to the big screen than Steven Spielberg?
If the trailer that dropped today is any indication, that answer should be obvious: No one. Though brief, the BFG trailer reveals just enough to trip that ever-powerful nostalgia switch in our brains and will almost certainly have you throwing money at your computer screen by the time it wraps up.
Marking the theatrical debut of Ruby Barnhill as Sophie and co-starring the likes of Bill Hader, Jemaine Clement, and a score of established English stage and screen veterans — Mark Rylance, Penelope Wilton, and Rebecca Hall to name a few — The BFG looks like it will be another great entry in the canon of Roald Dahl adaptations, which includes Wes Anderson’s Fantastic Mr. Fox, Henry Selick’s James and the Giant Peach, and Danny DeVito’s Matilda (not to mention, the Gene Wilder-starring Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory).
The official plot synopsis of The BFG is below, and it’s basically as long as the book:
The BFG tells the imaginative story of a young girl and the Giant who introduces her to the wonders and perils of Giant Country. 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. 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.
The BFG stomps its way into theaters on July 1st, 2016.
Source: The Verge