Walt Disney Studios has released the first official portrait for its highly anticipated adaptation of Roald Dahl's The BFG, and it's making us even more amped to finally see it on the big screen come July 1.
While the trailer took a more spooky tone, the poster, which features Sophie standing on The BFG's foot staring up at the Mark Rylance-voiced friendly giant, takes a brighter look at the characters. Though she might not have his staggering height going for her, it's clear Sophie and the titular character will make quite the tag team to take down some not-so-friendly giants.
The film tells the story of the BFG, who brings 10-year-old Sophie to Giant Country where he exposes her to Dream Country, the place where he collects magical dream to fill the minds of kids while they sleep. But when some of the other, less cordial giants (voiced by Bill Hader and Jemaine Clement) catch wind of her presence, they're none-too-pleased. Sophie and her unlikely BFF must find the Queen to help bring peace back to Giant Country and the rest of the world.
Sure, we're thrilled to have any new Disney film hit the screens, but here are 7 reasons why we're especially excited, and we're not going to "gobblefunk" with our words.
1) It's a Roald Dahl adaptation! Dahl authored many of our favorite books growing up, such as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, Matilda, The Witches and many more, which have all been turned into great movies, so The BFG should be no different.
2) Steven Spielberg will be directing his very first Disney film. Need we say more?
3) The poster reads, "From the human beans that created E.T." The combination of Sophie and The BFG's famous words and a fan-favorite tearjerker already have us itching for more.
4) The live-action: With The Big Friendly Giant standing more than 24 feet high, we're sure to get some gorgeous scenery courtesy of his above-the-clouds stance and remarkable animation.
5) Ruby Barnhill: The newcomer plays young Sophie, who decked out in her nerdy glasses is the perfect casting choice for our precocious lead.
6) The rest of the star-studded cast. Hader proved he had a knack for voices in Inside Out, and Rylance secured an Oscar nomination this year for his work in another Spielberg film, Bridge of Spies. They're a dynamic duo!
7) Fresh adaption: Over the past few years remakes and reboots have dominated the silver screen, so it's nice to see an original film (even if it is based on a book).
Watch the trailer for another live-action feature from Disney.