Later this summer, director Steven Spielberg will bring one of author Roald Dahl's most beloved books to life on the big screen for the first time with The BFG, arriving in theaters July 1. However, those attending the prestigious Cannes Film Festival this weekend will be the first audience to see this adaptation. Steven Spielberg and the cast of The BFG have arrived in Cannes for the film's World Premiere at a gala screening at the Palais des Festivals on Saturday, May 14. To celebrate this event, Disney has released a new photo with Mark Rylance's title character, and Ruby Barnhill, who makes her feature film debut in The BFG as Sophie.
Along with this photo, the official BFG Facebook page debuted a new video from Cannes, where Ruby Barnhill tries to stump Steven Spielberg in a game of trivia dubbed The Big Fact Game. The young actress asks her director a number of obscure trivia questions about his own films, successfully stumping the filmmaker about the real age of E.T. and the first movie to feature the now iconic Amblin Entertainment logo. The director also offers a number of facts about his classic films like Jaws, the Indiana Jones franchise and much more.
Roald Dahl's The BFG was first published in 1982 and has been enchanting readers of all ages ever since. Roald Dahl's books, which also include Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach and Matilda, are currently available in 58 languages and have sold over 200 million copies worldwide. The BFG is the only book of Roald Dahl's that has never been adapted into a feature film, until now.
The BFG brings Sophie to Dream Country where he collects dreams and sends them to children, teaching her all about the magic and mystery of dreams. Having both been on their own in the world up until now, their affection for one another quickly grows, but Sophie's presence in Giant Country has attracted the unwanted attention of the other giants, who have become increasingly more bothersome. Sophie and the Big Friendly Giant soon depart for London to see the Queen (Penelope Wilton) and warn her of the precarious giant situation, but they must first convince the Queen and her maid, Mary (Rebecca Hall), that giants do indeed exist.
Directed by three-time Academy Award winner Steven Spielberg from a screenplay by Melissa Mathison based on the best-selling novel by Roald Dahl, The BFG stars three-time Tony Award and two-time Olivier Award winner Mark Rylance, newcomer Ruby Barnhill, Penelope Wilton, Jemaine Clement, Rebecca Hall, Rafe Spall and Bill Hader. The BFG hits theaters nationwide on July 1, going up against Universal's The Purge: Election Year, Warner Bros.' The Legend of Tarzan and Sony's The Shallows. While we wait for the next trailer, check out the new photo and video with Steven Spielberg and Ruby Barnhill below.