And they're not the only new additions, as Michael Adamthwaite (Sucker Punch), Daniel Bacon (50/50), Chris Gibbs (The Samaritan), Adam Godley (Charlie And The Chocolate Factory), Jonathan Holmes (Nightwatching), Paul Moniz de Sa (The Killing) and Ólafur Ólafsson (The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty) have all been hired to join Mark Rylance's (Anonymous) titular character, newcomer Ruby Barnhill as young heroine Sophie and Bill Hader (Superbad), who is playing one of the less charming giants. While most of the other roles remain cloaked in mystery we do know that Wilton will be the Queen and Hall her maid.
For those of you not familiar with the story, The BFG tells of the world's only friendly giant and his friendship with young Sophie. He makes it his mission to collect good dreams and gift them to children while destroying nightmares and keeping his nasty fellow gigantic brethren from eating "human beans".
Spielberg's take on Dahl's classic tale has been adapted by E.T. (1982) screenwriter Melissa Mathison, with Mark Rylance (Anonymous) starring as the title character and ten-year-old newcomer Ruby Barnhill hired in December to play Sophie. Hader will, as mentioned, be one of the less than friendly giants. The new film will be shooting this year, ready for a 22 July 2016 release.
"In more than 40 years of making movies, I have been on the producing end of a number of films for The Walt Disney Company, but never as a director," says Spielberg. "It is a special joy to be in the director's chair as we start The BFG, alongside my long-time friends and film collaborators Kathy Kennedy, who introduced me to this project, Frank Marshall and Melissa Mathison. Together with them and Disney, there are many reasons why I am so excited about this joint venture." The cameras are starting to roll now in Vancouver and the film will be out on 22 July 2016.