The BFG is a 2016 American fantasy adventure film directed and co-produced by Steven Spielberg, from a screenplay by Melissa Mathison, and based on the novel of the same name by Roald Dahl. The film stars Mark Rylance as the Big Friendly Giant, an elderly giant who kidnaps the orphan Sophie, played by Ruby Barnhill, as to accompany his loneliness and to help him on a mission in Giant Country. Penelope Wilton, Jemaine Clement, Rebecca Hall, Rafe Spall and Bill Hader are featured in supporting performances.
Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall began development on an adaptation of The BFG in the 1990s, with various screenwriters hired to work on the screenplay in the subsequent years. DreamWorks Pictures acquired the screen rights to Dahl’s book in September 2011, with Marshall and Sam Mercer as producers, Mathison as screenwriter, and Kennedy as executive producer. Spielberg was announced as director in April 2014, alongside his company Amblin Entertainment as co-producer. Principal photography commenced in March 2015, with Walden Media joining the production and Walt Disney Pictures following as well, a month later.
The BFG premiered at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival on May 14, 2016. The film is scheduled to be released in the Disney Digital 3-D, RealD 3D and conventional theatrical formats on July 1, 2016, the same year of Dahl’s centennial.
Sophie (Ruby Barnhill) befriends a friendly giant named the BFG (Mark Rylance) as they set out on an adventure to capture the evil, man-eating giants who have been invading the human world.