Mark Rylance is Roald Dahl's 'The BFG' for Director Steven Spielberg

October 27, 2014

Mark Rylance

After once being slated to play the Mad Hatter's father in Through the Looking Glass, the sequel to Tim Burton's adaptation of Alice in Wonderland, Tony Award winner Mark Rylance ended up not taking the role, and it went to Rhys Ifans of The Amazing Spider-Man. However, Rylance did end up getting a role in Steven Spielberg's forthcoming Cold War thriller with Tom Hanks. And it turns out to have been a great move for the actor because DreamWorks has announced that Rylance has also landed the title role in The BFG, the adaptation of Roald Dahl's classic novel that will also be adapted by Steven Spielberg. Read on!

For those who don't know, The BFG is a family friendly story about a little girl who leads a big, friendly giant and the Queen of England on a journey to stop the fiercer man-eating giants from gobbling children. Spielberg boarded the project this past spring, and it's already been set for release in the prime summer spot of July 1st, 2016. Back in the 90s, an adaptation was planned with John Cleese in the ole of the giant, and Spielberg felt it was appropriate to keep an Englishman in the role for his adaptation. On Rylance, Spielberg says, "As I witnessed on stage, Mark Rylance is a transformational actor. I am excited and thrilled that Mark will be making this journey with us to Giant Country." Stay tuned.

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Reader Feedback - 2 Comments


This is one of my favorite Dahl books. I'm sure, as with all Spielberg films, it will have moments of brilliance, visual spectacle and emotion. I just hope it's better than TinTin.

TheOct8pus on Oct 27, 2014


That pick looks like an older Franco. Pretty excited for this joint to occur.

DAVIDPD on Oct 27, 2014

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