As production gets underway in Vancouver, The Walt Disney Studios today announced it will co-produce and co-finance Steven Spielberg’s The BFG (July 1, 2016). This marks the three-time Academy Award winner’s first time directing a Disney-branded movie.
Previously announced cast include three-time Tony Award winner Mark Rylance who will play the titular Big Friendly Giant and newcomer Ruby Barnhill as Sophie. They are now joined by Bill Hader, Jemaine Clement, Michael David Adamthwaite, Daniel Bacon, Chris Gibbs, Adam Godley, Jonathan Holmes, Paul Moniz de Sa and Olafur Olaffson, all cast as giants. Buckingham Palace has also found its residents with Penelope Wilton being cast as The Queen and Rebecca Hall as Mary, the Queen’s maid.