First trailer for Steven Spielberg’s ‘The BFG’ movie released – watch

Film is based on 1982 Roald Dahl children's book

The first official trailer for Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of the Roald Dahl’s children’s classic The BFG has been released.

Much like the 1982 book, the Disney film follows an orphan – played by relatively unknown actress Ruby Barnhill – plucked from her home by a lone big, friendly giant, who needs her help keeping his human-hungry siblings from eating children. Watch the trailer below.

English actor Mark Rylance stars as the BFG, making the movie his second straight collaboration with Spielberg after they worked together on this year’s Tom Hanks thriller Bridge Of Spies. Bill Hader, Rebecca Hall, and Jemaine Clement make up the rest of the cast. Spielberg has been working on a screenplay by E.T. writer Melissa Mathison, who died last month. The film is due for release next summer.

Spielberg also recently said he hopes to work with Harrison Ford on Indiana Jones 5. He made the comments in a video message for Harrison Ford at the British Academy Britannia Awards in Beverly Hills, where Ford received the Albert R Broccoli Britannia award for worldwide contribution to entertainment. 

Spielberg said: “I can’t wait to work with you on Indiana Jones 5. This is not an announcement, just my fervent hope.”

While accepting the award – from JJ Abrams, director of the new Star Wars film in which Ford stars – the actor did not respond, instead making a speech about his career. 

“I really wanted to be an actor because I could not imagine myself having a real job,” he said, “and I thought it would be nice to live the lives of many other people, to tell stories, to share emotion. Film has given power, grace, imagination and wisdom to things I have had that opportunity to do. I am very grateful for the life I have had … I’m humbled.”