The film adaptation of Roald Dahl’s The BFG—one of the greatest children’s books of all time—is headed for the big screen in 2016. The first official trailer takes a dark approach, showing young heroine Sophie creeping around her orphanage at the witching hour and being snatched from her bed by the hand of a (big) (friendly) giant.

Advertisement

The film—directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Ruby Barnhill and Mark Rylance—appears slightly scarier than many of us remember the book, but let’s not forget that The BFG, despite all the snozzcumber-eating and whizzpopping, has always been a story about child-eating giants.

Produced by Disney, it seems unlikely that the movie adaptation will go as twisted with the story as Dahl intended (I think the reason his books are so great is that they’re all so incredibly dark), but the casting of the bad giants—which includes Bill Hader and Jemaine Clement—and the not so bad giant (Rylance) is enough to make me whizzpop with optimism.


Contact the author at madeleine@jezebel.com.