Steven Spielberg teams up with Disney to direct children's classic 'The BFG'

The Spielberg Disney film is expected to be released in the Summer of 2016.

April 14, 2015 12:15

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Legendary Hollywood director Steven Spielberg is teaming up with Disney Studios for the first time to head Roald Dahl's adaptation of The BFG (Big Friendly Giant), according to Deadline.

The new film will star theater veteran Mark Rylace as the BFG, along with an eclectic supporting cast which includes SNL alum Bill Hader, Downton Abbey's Penelope Wilton and relative newcomer Ruby Barnhill as Sophie.

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“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,” said Spielberg. “It is a special joy to be in the director’s chair as we start The BFG, alongside my longtime 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 film, which will be a mixture of live action and CGI animation, is expected to be released in the Summer of 2016.

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