In February, Mark Rylance became only the second actor from a Steven Spielberg film to win an Oscar: he claimed Best Supporting Actor for the Cold War drama “Bridge of Spies,” which followed Daniel Day-Lewis‘s Best Actor victory for Spielberg’s “Lincoln” in 2012. It seems the popular director has found a new muse because he and Rylance are teaming up for three more films, including “The BFG,” which just unspooled at the Cannes Film Festival (watch the trailer above). Still to come, the director and star will team up for “Ready Player One” and “The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara.”
A far cry from the real life political intrigue of “Bridge of Spies,” “The BFG” is a fantasy film based on a novel by Roald Dahl in which Rylance plays the title character, a Big Friendly Giant who befriends a young girl (Ruby Barnhill). It’s the first fantasy project in years for Spielberg, who has recently been racking up Oscar nominations for historical dramas — in addition to “Bridge of Spies” and “Lincoln,” he helmed “War Horse” in 2011.
Comparisons to Spielberg’s “E.T.” are inevitable. That film also told the story of a child who befriends a strange creature. It won four Oscars out of its nine nominations in 1982, though the beloved film infamously lost Best Picture to “Gandhi.” What’s more, the screenplays for both “E.T.” and “The BFG” are written by the same woman, Melissa Mathison, who earned an Oscar nomination for her “E.T.” script and went on to write “The Indian in the Cupboard” (1995) and “Kundun” (1997).
“The BFG” opens on July 1. Will Spielberg’s return to childhood fantasy return him to the Oscars? Watch the trailer above and make sure to join the discussion about all things film in our forums.