Steven Spielberg Finds Another Bright Young Star to Lead 'The BFG'
by Ethan Anderton
December 16, 2014
Aside from his incredible filmography and influence on cinema over the past few decades, director Steven Spielberg is also known as being a master at pulling amazing performances from child actors. Whether it's Drew Barrymore and Henry Thomas in E.T. The Extra Terrestrial, Cary Guffey in Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Joseph Mazzello and Ariana Richards in Jurassic Park, Jonathan Ke Quan in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Christian Bale in Empire of the Sun, Haley Joel Osment in A.I. Artificial Intelligence or Dakota Fanning in War of the Worlds, he's done some great work with kids on the big screen. And now he's just found his latest child star for his adaptation of Roald Dahl's The BFG. Read on!
A press release from DreamWorks Studios has named newcomer Ruby Barnhill to make her big screen debut as the young girl Sophie in the story of a young London girl and the mysterious Giant who introduces her to the beauty and peril of Giant Country. Spielberg says:
“After a lengthy search, I feel Roald Dahl himself would have found Ruby every bit as marvelous as we do. We have discovered a wonderful Sophie in Ruby Barnhill.”
Mark Rylance (The Gunman) is already on board as the title big friendly giant. This is truly a thrill for the 10-year old girl who has only been acting for two years, and she says, "I feel incredibly lucky and I’m so happy. Sophie gets to go on this wonderful adventure and I’m so excited that I get to play her.” This has the potential to be the kind of touching, family adventure that made E.T. The Extra Terrestrial such a hit, and it's been awhile since Spielberg made a film like this, so that's pretty refreshing. The BFG starts shooting next year, and it's already set to hit theaters on July 1st, 2016.