We reported a few months ago that Steven Spielberg is working on an adaptation of Roald Dahl's The BFG.

It now looks like he has his friendly giant in the form of theatre actor and star of upcoming BBC miniseries Wolf Hall, Mark Rylance.

Rylance will also star in Spielberg's as-yet untitled Cold War thriller with Tom Hanks.

The BFG is due to start shooting in early 2015 with a release date set for July 1st, 2016.

Here's the trailer for the original one to get you in the mood.



via Variety