Normally, the snatching of a child from her bed at three in the morning is a story with an unhappy ending. But in Roald Dahl’s world, it means adventure for little orphan Sophie, played by Ruby Barnhill in Steven Spielberg’s forthcoming adaptation of The BFG. The official trailer, which follows up previously released teasers, offers a good look at the Big Friendly Giant himself, a CGI creation voiced by recent Oscar winner Mark Rylance.
Rylance’s giant is, as his name suggests, a good-natured one, and his kidnapping stems from benevolent aims. His world, called Giant Country, consists of shimmering upside-down trees, charmingly bad grammar and, as with any good fantastical land, some grumpy villains intent on creating some problems for the feisty little mortal.
The BFG, which hits theaters July 1, could well shape up to be one of this summer’s biggest family movies.