9:06am PT by Graeme McMillan
'The BFG': New Trailer Reveals the Magic of Giant Country
Never mind things that go bump in the night: The new trailer for Steven Spielberg's adaptation of the classic children's novel The BFG might teach you to beware of things that reach in through the bedroom window to steal you away at 3 a.m.
Of course, that kidnapping turns out to be one of the best things that has ever happened to 10-year-old Sophie (Ruby Barnhill), as it introduces her not only to the Big Friendly Giant of the movie's title (Mark Rylance), but also a magical world that she had no idea about.
Offering up a Harry Potter-esque aesthetic, the first full trailer for the feature — following a teaser released last December — quickly moves the viewer away from any worries about Sophie's safety to something more wondrous and inviting that proves, as the tagline puts it, "the world is more giant than you can imagine."
(Not that things aren't entirely unscary; the trailer features a cameo from Jermaine Clement's Fleshlumpeater, one of a number of less-friendly giants to be found in Giant Country.)
Directed by Spielberg from a screenplay by the late Melissa Mathison, writer of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, The BFG also features Bill Hader, Rebecca Hall and Downton Abbey's Penelope Wilton. The movie is scheduled for release July 1.