The First Teaser For Spielberg’s The BFG Is Here To Snatch You Up
In case you didn’t know, Steven Spielberg is bringing Roald Dahl’s dearly-loved kids’ book to the big screen, and Disney just dropped the first doozy of a teaser.
If you dug Mark Rylance in Spielberg’s recent war drama Bridge of Spies, you’ll be happy to know he plays a much larger role in The BFG. Like, he literally plays a big friendly giant—hence the film’s title.
Rylance is joined by newcomer Ruby Barnhill as Sophie, the young girl in the teaser who, after befriending the BFG, is introduced to the wonders and perils of Giant Country.
The BFG also stars Bill Hader and Jemaine Clement, as less friendly giants, and Penelope Wilton as the Queen England.
While the teaser doesn’t give away much in terms of plot details, it does a swell job of setting the mood, which kind of feels like a throwback to Spielberg’s own Hook.
Take a look, little ones.
And here’s Disney’s lengthy official synopsis:
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. Says Spielberg, “It’s a story about friendship, it’s a story about loyalty and protecting your friends and it’s a story that shows that even a little girl can help a big giant solve his biggest problems.” 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.