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First English trailer for ‘The Little Prince’ film adaptation released

France's The Little Prince, one of the biggest selling and most beautiful children's books of all time, is coming to the big screen and the first English trailer is here. 

The classic story about a pilot meeting a small boy from another planet after crashing in a desert is set to be one of France's biggest animated flicks, costing an estimated $80 million (£53.7 million).

It boasts a roll call of famous voices such as Marion Cotillard, Rachel McAdams, Jeff Bridges, James Franco, Ricky Gervais and Benicio Del Toro and is scheduled to make its world premiere at Cannes Film Festival in the official selection. 

The Little Girl with The Aviator

The Little Girl with The Aviator in 'The Little Prince'

“Our movie is an homage to one of France’s most iconic and revered properties, but also one of its most international, having crossed languages, cultures and generations. There is no better place than the Cannes Film Festival to showcase this unique combination,” said Dimitri Rassam, who worked with his team for five years on this movie. 

The film captures the much-loved illustrations from the original 1943 book by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry using groundbreaking paper cut-out animation.

The Little Girl in 'The Little Prince'

The Little Girl in 'The Little Prince'

But unlike the book, the story is told through the eyes of a young girl and her eccentric, kind-hearted neighbour The Aviator (Jeff Bridges). He introduces her to a world he discovered long ago thanks to The Little Prince (Riley Osborne). It's here that the little girl's magical and emotional adventure into the universe of The Little Prince begins. 

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's original blond hero has sold 145 million copies and been translated in 265 languages since it was published in the 1940s. The author believed The Little Prince was a story for children written for grown-ups, providing food for thought on life and friendships in a simple package for any age. 

The film will release in France on 29 July. The UK date is yet to be confirmed but you can watch the spell-binding trailer here.

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