See Mark Rylance’s Big Friendly Giant in new trailer for Steven Spielberg’s The BFG

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Apr 5, 2016, 4:39 PM EDT

The Mouse House has released a brand-new trailer for director Steven Spielberg’s live-action adaptation of The BFG, giving us our first real look at Oscar-winning actor Mark Rylance’s (Bridge of Spies) titular Big Friendly Giant.

The upcoming fantasy movie is based on author Roald Dahl’s beloved children’s book (published in 1982) about the magical tale of a lonely young girl named Sophie (Ruby Barnhill) who discovers that giants are real thanks to a 24-foot-tall Big Friendly Giant (Rylance’s BFG) who, despite being freakishly tall (he’s a giant after all), has a kind and gentle soul. Through him, we are introduced to Giant Country and some of its less-than-kind inhabitants who are bigger and scarier and like to eat people, as well as Dream Country.

Check out the new trailer below (I've got to say, it's great to see Steven Spielberg in full-on Spielbergian form again!):


Here's an extended synopsis:

Disney’s “The BFG” tells the imaginative 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, 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 (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.

Opening July 1, The BFG also stars Bill Hader (Inside Out, Superbad), Jemaine Clement (Flight of the Conchords), Penelope Wilton (Doctor Who, Downton Abbey) and Rebecca Hall (The Prestige, Iron Man 3).


(via Disney)