Having helmed iconic family classics such as E.T: The Extra Terrestrial and Jurassic Park, it seems as though directing the film adaption of Roald Dahl's iconic novel, The BFG, may just be in Steven Spielberg's ball park. And, today, the first trailer for the live-action adaption has arrived.

Earlier this week, I posted my review for the acclaimed director's latest film Bridge of Spies (you can find that here) and, this evening, the first trailer for his next film The BFG has debuted. Mark Rylance, who worked with Spielberg on Bridge of Spies will be reteaming with the director to play our eponymous hero in the film, with newcomer Ruby Barnhill playing the little girl that becomes friends with the big friendly child, Sophie.

I was a huge fan of Roald Dahl growing up, with the likes of Charlie and the Chocolate FactoryThe Twits and The BFG all playing a big part in my childhood. 26 years since the last adaption of The BFG, the 1989 animation, next year will mark the second version for the classic novel to hit the big-screen, and what better man to tell the iconic story than renowned storyteller Steven Spielberg. This evening, Disney have unveiled the first trailer for the director's adaption of the book and, whilst it doesn't give much away, it's all still exciting nonetheless. The reveal is dark and magical and, of course, looks visually stunning and directed with elegance - as expected.

Here's the film's official synopsis:
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 Snozzcumbers 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. Says Spielberg, “It’s a story about friendship, it’s a story about loyalty and protecting your friends and it’s a story that shows that even a little girl can help a big giant solve his biggest problems.” 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.
With Steven Spielberg at the helm, and starring Mark Rylance, Rebecca Hall, Ruby Barnhill, Penelope Wilton and Bill Hader, The BFG opens on July 22nd, 2015.

Check out the first trailer below:

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Awais Irfan
Founder of Oasis Awais, and avid lover of life, Awais Irfan's love of writing and film is unequivocal. Ever since he was a little kid, he has loved the cinematic experience; so much so, he is studying Film Production in Glasgow and hopes to be the next "big thing" in directing.

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