The BFG premiered at Cannes Film Festival this week, and now Disney has released a new trailer for its big team-up with Steven Spielberg. Take a look:
In an interview with the Toronto Star, Spielberg spoke about his decision to cast Rylance, after a single day's work on Bridge of Spies, for which Rylance won an Oscar. "I knew he was my BFG," Spielberg said. "He's such a consummate actor and such a deeply sensitive human being."
The reviews for the film have so far been mixed, but the consensus seems to be that, while The BFG has no shortage of charm, it drags its feet through certain parts. Many critics have reported that while young kids will most likely love the movie, their parents may be less than thrilled. I don’t think that’s a huge deal considering that it is a kid’s movie, but seeing as how this comes from Steven Spielberg, people may have been expecting a family film that everyone can relate to, like E.T.
The BFG is based on the book of the same name written by Roald Dahl, who also wrote other iconic children’s stories such as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and James and the Giant Peach. Steven Spielberg directs the film with a script penned by Melissa Mathison. The BFG stars frequent Spielberg collaborator Mark Rylance, Ruby Barnhill, Bill Hader, Jemaine Clement, Penelope Wilton, and Rebecca Hall. The BFG will play at the Sydney Film Festival this June before coming to the U.S. this summer on July 1.