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Watch: Steven Spielberg's version of Roald Dahl's The BFG looks pretty fantastic

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 11 February 2017, 6:44 IST

Steven Spielberg is coming back and this time he's bringing Roald Dahl with him. The ET director returns to the silver screen with a film based on Dahl's book, The BFG.

Spielberg's film was screened at the Cannes Film Festival earlier in May and will see a worldwide release on 1 July.

For those who have unfortunately still not been introduced to Dahl (what are you doing with your life, though?) The BFG literally means the big friendly giant.

"I is a nice and jumbly giant! I is the only nice and jumbly Giant in Giant Country! I is THE BIG FRIENDLY GIANT! I is the BFG. What is your name?" asks the giant in the book. In the film however, it looks like young Sophie, the protagonist, reaches that moniker all by herself.

Oscar winner Mark Rylance enacts the character of BFG, who unlike other giants, does not eat kids. Ruby Barnhill essays the role of the adventurous Sophie, with much flair from what the trailer shows.

Talking to Reuters about his experience making a children's film after quite some time, Spielberg said: "I haven't really swum in this wading pool in a long time. It was really nice to be able to just let my imagination roam free without being kind of fettered by all the precepts of history and all the truths you need to tell when you do a historical subject. So all of us felt free and very happy to be returning to our childhood to tell this story."

For the dubbed Hindi version of the film, actor Gulshan Grover has been roped in to lend his voice to the main villain, Fleshlumpeater.


Edited by Abha Srivastava

First published: 23 June 2016, 12:07 IST