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No Children Were Eaten In The Making Of The First Full Trailer For Spielberg’s The BFG

The first trailer (following last year’s teaser) for the adaptation of Roald Dahl’s The BFG is here and it boasts Mark Rylance’s gigantified hand, a really excellent cat, and a kid that looks like a tiny, adorable version of Chummy from Call The Midwife (don’t pretend you don’t know).


If you’re not familiar with Dahl’s tale, it centres on an orphan called Sophie and the big freaking giant that comes to rescue her from her miserable orphaned existence and takes her to live in Giant Land, a totally safe place for a tiny, child-sized human. (While the F in BFG might stand for friendly, the G most certainly does not stand for genius.)


Soon enough, Sophie’s discovered by BUGs (Bigger Unfriendly Giants) who are total jerks to her and the BFG. Things get so out of hand that the Queen has to be called in. Bill Hader voices chief mean giant Bloodbottler and Jemaine Clement is the dreamily-named Fleshlumpeater. Likes: eating children. Dislikes: not eating children.


Out of all the children’s books he wrote, Dahl like The BFG best. So, says director Steven Spielberg, “It was very important for us to be loyal to the language.” Spielberg hired his E.T. writer Melissa Mathison to pen the script.

Thought giants were slow, lumbering things? Watch the trailer below to find out just how fast they can run. Hint: it’s faster even than modern-day zombies at a zombie track and field meet.

The BFG hits theatres this year, the 100th anniversary of Roald Dahl’s birth, on July 1.