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The Big Friendly Giant

With all the hype surrounding Star Wars: Episode VII, Ride Along 2, Kung Fu Panda 3, Deadpool – you name it, it’ s quite easy to forget about a classic book of a little girl and her big friendly giant – The BFG.

The late, beloved children’ s author Roald Dahl (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, etc.) would have celebrated his 100th birthday in 2016, so it’ s perhaps fitting that the next Dahl book-turned film adaptation will reach theaters in 2016 on July 1st. The BFG is finally coming to the big screen. This will be the first time the BFG is transformed into a live adaptation of the classic book, with the only existing portrayal so far, a cartoon reel.

As a child, I grew up gulping down Roald Dahl books like air – it was a necessity. I’ ve watched every movie and read every book of his to date, including Witches (which is pretty gruesome if I must say so myself). Though some might disagree, the movies do indeed often follow the book to even exact phrases, and I would be swept along for an appetizing ride. So imagine my excitement when I heard that Steven Spielberg and Frank Marshall were going to direct The BFG – the same duo who gave us the Oscar-winning E.T. the Extraterrestrial back in 1982. I’ m sure they will live up to their prestigious legacy.

BFG‘ s cast has now been confirmed, as production on the project gets underway in Vancouver. Dahl’ s fantasy adventure tells the story of young Sophie (newcomer Ruby Barnhill in Spielberg’ s movie): an orphan who gets whisked away to a land of blood-thirsty giants, albeit under the protection of a kinder – but smaller –one, known as the Big Friendly Giant. The two enlist the help of the Queen and together, they fight evil! Three-time Tony winner Mark Rylance (The Gunman) will play the namesake of Spielberg’ s new film.

This will be the first time three of the world’s most renowned storytellers – Steven Spielberg, Roald Dahl, and Walt Disney – have joined forces to bring The BFG to life. Walt Disney Studios is officially set to co-produce and co-finance The BFG, with studio Chairman Alan Horn saying (via press release statement) the project “will undoubtedly capture the minds of children and adults alike – as Roald Dahl’s original stories and many of Steve’s own film have done for decades.””

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