Steven Spielberg took on serious, grown-up fare for his last three films, Bridge of Spies, Lincoln and War Horse. Now he’s going back to the childhood-wonder-y part of himself that made The Adventures of Tintin in 2011 and films like E.T. and Jurassic Park years before. And he’s doing it with Roald Dahl.
The BFG, a 1982 novel about the eponymous big friendly giant befriending a girl called Sophie, is coming to theaters via Disney and Spielberg on July 1, 2016. Based on the first trailer—the closely contained teaser-ish type, not the clips-from-all-over-the-movie kind—we can probably expect a nice balance between the Welsh author’s creepy and kooky sides. We’re looking forward to seeing more of 11-year-old newcomer Ruby Barnhill.
The BFG was previously adapted in 1989 as an animated TV movie in England. Dahl’s posthumous stock recently shot up with the musical adaptation of Matilda hitting Broadway in 2013; it subsequently won four Tony Awards. Wes Anderson made a star-studded stop-motion animation version of Fantastic Mr. Fox in 2009.