Mark Rylance to play the BFG in Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of Roald Dahl’s children’s classic

The Tony and Olivier winner will take to the big screen to play the 'nice and jumbly' Big Friendly Giant who befriends orphaned 'human bean' Sophie

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Phiz-whizzing news! Steven Spielberg has cast Mark Rylance as the Big Friendly Giant in an adaptation of Roald Dahl’s children’s classic

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First published in 1982, the BFG tells the story of an orphaned girl named Sophie who is befriended one night by a kindly 24 foot giant with superpowered speed, a funny way of speaking, and a penchant for catching dreams. 

“As I witnessed on stage,” said Spielberg, “Mark Rylance is a transformational actor. I am excited and thrilled that Mark will be making this journey with us to Giant Country. Everything about his career so far is about making the courageous choice and I’m honoured he has chosen The BFG as his next big screen performance.”

The director already knows Rylance as the two are currently filming Cold War spy thriller St James Place which also stars Tom Hanks. 

Winner of three Tony Awards and two Oliviers, the new BFG is known for his major involvement with London’s Shakespeare’s Globe in London and for his lead in Jez Butterworth’s stage hit Jerusalem in which, incidentally, he tells a fib about meeting a 90-foot giant. More recently the actor has voiced a character called Flop in the children’s animation Bing on Cbeebies.

Production on The BFG will begin in early 2015.

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So let’s celebrate with a few snozzcumbers because we’re pretty sure this casting choice won’t be a catasterous disastrophe…