Mark Rylance is proving that he’s a Big Friendly Giant in the first official poster that Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures has released for its upcoming family fantasy film, ‘The BFG.’ The movie, which was directed by Steven Spielberg, reunites the filmmaker with the Oscar-nominated star of last fall’s historical thriller, ‘Bridge of Spies.’
‘The BFG’ was written by Melissa Mathison, who previously collaborated with the three-time Academy Award-winning helmer on the Oscar-winning sci-fi family film, ‘E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial.’ The screenplay for their latest collaboration is based on the 1982 best-selling novel of the same name by Roald Dah. The screen adaptation is scheduled to be released in Disney Digital 3-D and RealD 3D on July 1.
Besides Rylance, ‘The BFG’ also stars newcomer Ruby Barnhill, as well as Penelope Wilton, Jemaine Clement, Rebecca Hall, Rafe Spall and Bill Hader. The film is being produced by Spielberg, Frank Marshall and Sam Mercer. Kathleen Kennedy, John Madden, Kristie Macosko Krieger, Michael Siegel, Frank Smith and Naia Cucukov are serving as executive producers.
Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures has released the following synopsis for ‘The BFG’:
The BFG (Rylance), while a giant himself, is 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 (Hader) and Fleshlumpeater (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 (Barnhill), 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 (Wilton) and warn her of the precarious giant situation, but they must first convince the Queen and her maid, Mary (Hall), that giants do indeed exist. Together, they come up with a plan to get rid of the giants once and for all.
Check out the first official poster for ‘The BFG’ below.
Written by: Karen Benardello