Bill Hader has signed on to join the growing cast of director Steven Spielberg's The BFG. The actor will play one of the giants in this adaptation of Roald Dahl's beloved 1982 novel, joining a cast that includes Mark Rylance and Ruby Barnhill. Production will take place in Vancouver, but it isn't known when shooting is scheduled to start.
The story centers on a young girl (Ruby Barnhill) who meets a Big Friendly Giant (Mark Rylance) and is taken inside their world, known as Giant Country. She teams up with this BFG and the Queen of England to stop a group of mean giants from invading the rest of the planet. No specific details were given for Bill Hader's character, except that he will play one of the not-so-friendly giants.
Steven Spielberg is directing from an adapted screenplay by Melissa Mathison (E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial). The director is also producing alongside Frank Marshall and Sam Mercer, with Kathleen Kennedy, John Madden and Michael Siegel serving as executive producers, and Kristie Macosko Krieger and Adam Somner co-producing. DreamWorks is co-financing the project with Walden Studios. DreamWorks originally picked up the rights to this novel back in 2010.
Bill Hader will next be seen in Trainwreck, arriving in theaters July 24. He also lends his voice to two upcoming animated features, The Good Dinosaur and Sausage Party. He has lent his voice to a number of hit animated movies, such as Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, Turbo and Monsters University.