The head orchestrator of childhood dreams for what seems forever, Steven Spielberg, has found a BFG! The DreamWorks team who acquired the The BFG rights in 2010, has cast the wonderful, multiple Tony and Olivier award winning Mark Rylance as the titular, giant hero. A move which Spielberg himself is rather pleased about.
The Deadline quotes Spielberg as saying in a statement, “As I witnessed on stage, Mark Rylance is a transformational actor. I am excited and thrilled that Mark will be making this journey with us to Giant Country." The casting also sits well with the Dahl family, as Luke Kelly, managing director at the Roald Dahl Literary Estate gave his thumbs up!
Mark is incredibly talented, one of the great British actors working today. I’ve had the privilege of seeing Mark perform, and the thought of watching him transform into ‘the only nice and jumbly Giant in Giant Country’ is, as The BFG himself might say, absolutely phizz-whizzing.
The novel, published in 1982, concerns a young girl named Sophie who befriends a dream collecting giant known only as the BFG (Big Friendly Giant, no relation to Arsenal F.C.'s towering defender Per Mertesacker!). The two friends and the Queen of England then set out on a riveting adventure to capture the evil, man eating giants that begin to plague the human world.
The BFG was made into an animated feature in 1989 and the giant was voiced by English actor David Jason, best known for playing Derek "Del-Boy" Trotter in the classic British sitcom Only Fools And Horses.
So the stage is set for Roald Dahl's classic children's novel The BFG to whizzpop into cinemas near you in 2016! I wonder how Spielberg is going to pull this one off? Motion capture, more than likely. Who knows, but I for one will be camping outside cinemas for a chance to witness one of my childhood heroes appear on the big screen.