Mark Rylance to play The BFG in Steven Spielberg's new Hollywood adaptation
Mark Rylance will take the title role in Steven Spielberg's new big-budget adaptation of Roald Dahl's classic story The BFG.
Speaking about his decision to cast Rylance, Spielberg said: "As I witnessed on stage, Mark Rylance is a transformational actor. I am excited and thrilled that Mark will be making this journey with us to Giant Country. Everything about his career so far is about making the courageous choice, and I'm honoured he has chosen The BFG as his next big screen performance."
ET screenwriter Melissa Mathison has written the script for the new film version of The BFG, which was first adapted for the big screen in 1989.
Production on the film is set to begin early next year, with the movie due for release into cinemas on July 22nd in 2016.
The BFG is the Big Friendly Giant and follows the adventures of Sophie, who is taken from her orphanage and whisked away to Giant Country by the BFG. Together, they set out on an adventure to capture the evil, man-eating giants who have been invading the human world.
Rylance and Spielberg have spent 2014 collaborating on the director's new spy thriller St. James Place, which will also star Tom Hanks, Amy Ryan, Alan Alda and Eve Hewson. It is due for release in October 2015.