Disney has come on board to co-produce and co-finance The BFG directed by Steven Spielberg and based on the book by Roald Dahl. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial‘s Melissa Mathison adapted Dahl’s book for the screen and Mark Rylance is set to play the Big Friendly Giant. The cast also includes Ruby Barnhill, Rebecca Hall, Penelope Wilton, Bill Hader, Jemaine Clement, Michael David Adamthwaite, Daniel Bacon, Chris Gibbs, Adam Godley, Jonathan Holmes, Paul Moniz de Sa and Olafur Olaffson.
Filming will take place in Vancouver. The BFG will stomp into theaters on July 1, 2016.
“In more than 40 years of making movies, I have been on the producing end of a number of films for The Walt Disney Company, but never as a director,” stated Spielberg. “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.”
“With Steven Spielberg at the helm, The BFG will undoubtedly capture the minds of children and adults alike – as Roald Dahl’s original stories and many of Steven’s own films have done for decades,” said Alan Horn, Chairman, The Walt Disney Studios, announcing Disney’s involvement. “The team at Disney has tremendous respect for the filmmakers, and we’re thrilled to join with them to make what will be a spectacular picture.”
The BFG is the exciting tale of a young London girl and the mysterious Giant who introduces her to the wonders and perils of Giant Country.
-By Rebecca Murray
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