Steven Spielberg Adapts Roald Dahl’s THE BFG Opening July 2016

Steven Spielberg has to be one of the busiest figures in Hollywood. He recently served as producer (with Oprah Winfrey) for THE HUNDRED FOOT JOURNEY, and was nominated for Best Director and Best Motion Picture Oscars for LINCOLN. Now, the DreamWorks Studios co-founder will adapt a Roald Dahl novel called, THE BFG, serve as director, and bring the film to theaters in July 2016 (the year that marks the 100th anniversary of Dahl’s birth). 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. Continue reading for more information on Disney’s THE BFG.

Updated April 5, 2016

Full trailer released for Disney’s THE BFG – Steven Spielberg brings us to Giant Country on July 1.

Updated January 22, 2016

First poster released for Disney’s THE BFG, featuring a giant and some beans.


Updated December 9, 2015

First teaser trailer released for Disney’s THE BFG opening July 1, 2016.

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.


WALT DISNEY and ROALD DAHL, two of the world’s greatest storytellers, in Hollywood in 1942. Image courtesy Disney


Original post from December 16, 2014 follows below

Director Steven Spielberg and Producer Kathleen Kennedy at The World Premiere of DreamWorks Pictures' "War Horse" © DreamWorks II Distribution Co. LLC. All Rights Reserved. (Photo by Jon Furniss/WireImage)

Director Steven Spielberg and Producer Kathleen Kennedy at The World Premiere of DreamWorks Pictures’ “War Horse” © DreamWorks II Distribution Co. LLC. All Rights Reserved. (Photo by Jon Furniss/WireImage)


From Walt Disney Studios Press Release

DreamWorks Studios announced today that newcomer Ruby Barnhill has been cast as the young girl, Sophie, in Roald Dahl’s beloved classic story, THE BFG. Steven Spielberg will direct the film adaptation of the children’s novel. Published in 1982, THE BFG is the tale of a young London girl and the mysterious Giant who introduces her to the beauty and peril of Giant Country. Barnhill joins Mark Rylance who has been cast as the “Big Friendly Giant.”

Ruby Barnhill

Ruby Barnhill, photo by Paul Worpole


THE BFG will be 10-year-old Ruby Barnhill’s first feature film role. She has been acting for two years and will appear in the upcoming BBC BAFTA award-winning children’s drama “Four O’Clock Club.” Ruby lives in Cheshire with her parents, younger sister and Tom the cat and is a member of her local youth theatre.

“I feel incredibly lucky and I’m so happy,” said Ruby Barnhill. “Sophie gets to go on this wonderful adventure and I’m so excited that I get to play her.”

“After a lengthy search, I feel Roald Dahl himself would have found Ruby every bit as marvelous as we do,” said Steven Spielberg. “We have discovered a wonderful Sophie in Ruby Barnhill.”

Luke Kelly, Managing Director of the Roald Dahl Literary Estate and Roald Dahl’s grandson, said, “The character of Sophie is one of the most endearing young heroes in Roald Dahl’s stories. She is as brave as she is curious and has an innate sense of wonder. Many congratulations to Ruby on landing the role. We hope that making THE BFG proves an utterly magical adventure for her.”

DreamWorks acquired the rights to the book in 2010 after Kathleen Kennedy brought it to the company. Melissa Mathison, who last teamed with Spielberg and Kennedy on “E.T.,” has written the screenplay. Spielberg, Frank Marshall and Sam Mercer will produce while Kennedy, John Madden and Michael Siegel are on board as Executive Producers. Kristie Macosko Krieger and Adam Somner are Co-Producers.

Spielberg will begin production on THE BFG in early 2015 and it will open in U.S. theaters on July 1, 2016. The Walt Disney Company is distributing the film in the U.S. and select international territories while Mister Smith Entertainment is handling distribution in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. DreamWorks’ partner, Reliance, will distribute the film in India.

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