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Everyone's in love with the trailer for this classic children's story

“It was the witching hour, when the boogie man comes out…”

Image: YouTube

THE BIG FRIENDLY Giant (BFG) is one of the most beloved characters in children’s literature – and now he’s finally after making it to the big screen.

With director Steven Spielberg at the helm, we can be pretty sure that the Roald Dahl story is in safe hands.

If you’d forgotten what it was all about, the 1982 book The BFG is about a little girl in London who meets the Big Friendly Giant (BFG), who only appears after midnight.

He shows her around Giant Country, which is a bit of a scary – but fascinating – place to visit.

“I think it was kind of genius of Roald Dahl to be able to empower the children,” said Spielberg.

It was very, very brave of him to introduce that combination of darkness and light, and being able to do scary, but also be redemptive at the same time and teach a lesson, an enduring lesson, to everyone, it was a wonderful thing for Dahl to have done, and it was one of the things that attracted me to want to direct this Dahl book.

The BFG is played by Mark Rylance, and we also get to meet fellow giants Bloodbottler (Bill Hader) and Fleshlumpeater (Jemaine Clement), who are much bigger and scarier. Little Sophie is played by newcomer Ruby Barnhill.

The script was written by the late Melissa Mathison, who also wrote ET. In good hands? Most certainly.

Source: Entertainment One UK/YouTube

The film opens in July 2016, which also marks the 100th year of Roald Dahl’s birth. You can find the movie on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram - and it even has its own hashtag: #TheBFGMovie.

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