Walt Disney Studios has just released the teaser trailer for The BFG, which opens in theaters next summer, and it gives us our very first glimpse of the Big Friendly Giant:
Steven Spielberg is directing the film, based on the classic book by Roald Dahl. Spielberg has produced many films for Disney, but this is his first time directing one! “It is a special joy to be in the director’s chair as we start ‘The BFG,’ alongside my long-time friends and film collaborators Kathy Kennedy, who introduced me to this project, Frank Marshall and Melissa Mathison. Together with them and Disney, there are many reasons why I am so excited about this joint venture.”
In case you need a refresher, The BFG tells the 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. 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 bothersome. Sophie and the BFG soon depart for London to see Queen Victoria (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.
Walt Disney Studios also released this image of Walt Disney with Roald Dahl.
A Disney and Dahl film has long been in the works. Above, they’re working on The Gremlins, a children’s book Dahl wrote in 1943 for Walt Disney Productions. That movie version was never finished.
The BFG opens in theaters on July 1, 2016, (the year that marks the 100th anniversary of Dahl’s birth).