The tale follows young Sophie, played by Ruby Barnhill, who
comes across a giant, portrayed by Oscar winner Mark Rylance - a
Big Friendly Giant (BFG) who, unlike his peers, does not eat
Although Spielberg has made many family movies in his
award-winning career, he has also directed more historical films
such as "Saving Private Ryan" and "Lincoln".
"I haven't really swum in this wading pool in a long time,"
Spielberg told Reuters at the film's premiere in Los Angeles on
"It was really nice to be able to just let my imagination roam
free without being kind of fettered by all the precepts of
history and all the truths you need to tell when you do a
historical subject. So all of us felt free and very happy to be
returning to our childhoods to tell this story."
"The BFG", which first screened at the Cannes Film Festival in
May, hits cinemas worldwide from June 30.
(Writing by Reuters Television and Marie-Louise Gumuchian;
Editing by Andrew Heavens)
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