Steven Spielberg’s BFG film finds its Sophie

Posted on 16 December 2014
By Craig Kell
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A new big-screen adaptation of the BFG is heading for cinemas in 2016.

The fantasy adventure is set to be directed by two-time Oscar-winning filmmaker Steven Spielberg, with the script being written by E.T scribe Melissa Mathison.

Based on the beloved 1982 novel by Roald Dahl, the story follows a young girl named Sophie who meets the ‘Big Friendly Giant’ and goes on an adventure with him to Giant Country.

Actor and theatre playwright Mark Rylance (The Other Boleyn Girl) had already been cast in the role of the heroic giant, but there is now news about who will be playing Sophie.

10-year-old Cheshire youngster Ruby Barnhill has landed the prestigious part having previously starred in the BAFTA award-winning BBC drama Four O’Clock Club.

On getting the role, Ruby said: “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.”

Spielberg also spoke about the young actress’s casting: “After a lengthy search, I feel Roald Dahl himself would have found Ruby every bit as marvellous as we do. We have discovered a wonderful Sophie in Ruby Barnhill.”

The BFG film will begin production early next year with the release date set for 22nd July, 2016.