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Watch the first trailer for the big-screen adaptation of Roald Dahl's The BFG

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The first trailer for Steven Spielberg's big screen adaptation of Roald Dahl classic The BFG has finally been released.

With just over two-minutes of footage, the video centers on the very beginning of the story where orphan Sophie (played by newcomer Ruby Barnhill), discovers a giant lurking outside at night. 

We get a first look at Mark Rylance who is filling those gigantic shoes in the titular role, but only a very small (or large) sneak peek. 

The actor is famed for his roles on stage and on screen, including Thomas Cromwell in the recent BBC adaptation of Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall

Included in the cast is Downton Abbey's Penelope Wilton, who will be playing the Queen and Rebecca Hall, who will play Mary, the Queen's maid.

For anyone who was a fan of the original animated version in from 1989, there's one important question to answer: who is going to play the terrifying bigger giants who like to eat children? 

Cast as the evil anthroprophagous (that means flesh-eating, btw) beings is Saturday Night Live's Bill Hader and Flight of the Conchord's Jemaine Clement.

The other giants, who possess names such as the Bonecruncher, Manhugger and Childchewer, will be played by Michael David Adamthwaite, Daniel Bacon, Chris Gibbs, Adam Godley, Jonathan Holmes, Paul Moniz de Sa and Olafur Olaffson. 

Mark Rylance

Mark Rylance will play The BFG

The film is based on the much-loved children's book about a Big Friendly Giant (BFG) who befriends an orphan girl named Sophie. The little girl heads into Giant Country with her new friend but has to be hidden from the bigger and human-eating giants. 

Eventually, with the help of the Queen of England, the pair manage to get the evil giants captured and they live happily ever after. 

Rebecca Hall

Rebecca Hall as Mary

Penelope Walton

Penelope Walton will play the Queen

The role of Sophie had previously been announced with newcomer Ruby Barnhill, 10, set to take on the challenge. 

Steven Spielberg is set to direct the film, the first time he has directed a movie for Disney, which will open next year. 

The BFG opens in UK and Irish cinemas on July 22nd 2016 by Entertainment One.

And just to give yourself an idea of what the scary giants might look like, refresh your memory with the animated version. Good luck sleeping tonight.

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