The BFG — Featurette: 'Mark Rylance as the Big Friendly Giant'


added: Sat, Jun 4th '16

When it came time to cast his "B.F.G." (Big Friendly Giant), Steven Spielberg didn't have to look far. While filming "Bridge of Spies," the legendary director approached actor Mark Rylance on the set and asked him if he would like to play a 24-foot-tall gentle giant who collects and distributes bottled dreams to children. Rylance, who ended up winning a Best Supporting Oscar for his performance as a mild-mannered Soviet spy in "Bridge," of course said yes. And the rest took its course.

Check out a new Mark Rylance-focused featurette for Spielberg's first Disney movie "The BFG," which is a live-action/CG hybrid adaptation of the 1982 fantasy book by best-selling British children's author Roald Dahl (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, Matilda, and Fantastic Mr Fox).

Adapted by the late screenwriter Melissa Mathison (E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial), the movie follows a young orphan girl named Sophie (played by newcomer Ruby Barnhill) as she befriends a Big Friendly Giant (motion-captured by Rylance) after she is taken to his home in Giant Country.

"The BFG" will arrive in theaters next month, on July 1st.

The talents of three of the world's greatest storytellers -- Roald Dahl, Walt Disney and Steven Spielberg -- finally unite to bring Dahl's beloved classic "The BFG" to life.

Directed by Spielberg, 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 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.


directed by   Steven Spielberg

starring   Ruby Barnhill, Mark Rylance, Bill Hader, Jemaine Clement, Rebecca Hall, Penelope Wilton

release date   July 1, 2016

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