The BFG Teaser Trailer (2016)

Teaser Trailer for Steven Spielberg's The BFG.

A girl named Sophie encounters the Big Friendly Giant who, despite his intimidating appearance, turns out to be a kindhearted soul who is considered an outcast by the other giants because unlike his peers refuses to eat boys and girls.

The BFG Teaser Trailer
The BFG will reunite director Steven Spielberg with the legendary John Williams, who has composed the score for the film.

It will also see Spielberg re-teaming with Academy Award-winner Mark Rylance, who appeared in Bridge of Spies and plays the titular Big Friendly Giant here.

Another reunion; The BFG screenplay comes from Melissa Mathison, who also worked with Spielberg on E.T. Anyone remember that?!

Mathison passed away in 2015, this film will be dedicated to her memory.

Rumor has it that Spielberg wanted Gene Wilder to make an appearance in The BFG (he played Willy Wonka in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory), but he refused.

is my favorite Roald Dahl book. In fact, it's probably in my top three books of all time, and I have been waiting for a decent movie adaptation since I was a child. So I am super-excited for this, particularly as it's in the trusted hands of cinematic giant, Steven Spielberg.

It's great to see Spielberg at the helm of a family film once more, and maybe my hopes are ridiculously high, but I think The BFG could do really well.

For a start, Mark Rylance is on form right now. After successfully building an incredible theater career, Rylance then came more mainstream with his part in BBC drama, Wolf Hall. After that came an incredible turn in Spielberg's Bridge of Spies, with Tom Hanks. In 2016, Rylance was the Oscar upset, beating out Sly Stallone to win Best Supporting Actor, so it's reasonable to expect another good performance here, even if he is only the voice of the BFG.

Another huge plus for me, is the tone this teaser trailer sets. Dahl wrote for children, but his books were dark, and scary, the type of book you'd be unable to stop reading even if you were frightened out of your wits. In the teaser above, I think Spielberg captures the sense of dark danger perfectly. Let's face it, it's pretty disturbing to find a giant wandering the streets at night, snatching children from their beds.

Dahl was quite picky about his books being turned into movies; he was notoriously unhappy with the 1971 Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory film, from the casting to the inclusion of extra scenes, but I hope he would be happy with this film when it's released. Dahl wrote this book for his granddaughter, Sophie, even naming the main character after her, so fingers crossed that Spielberg has got this right.

1 min 51 sec


Posted On
December 09, 2015
Steven Spielberg

Melissa Mathison

Walt Disney Pictures

July 1, 2016
Mark Rylance
Ruby Barnhill
Penelope Wilton
Jemaine Clement
Rebecca Hall
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