Mark Rylance to play title role in Steven Spielberg's next

Three-time Tony award-winner Mark Rylance is set to play the titular role in Steven Spielberg's 'The BFG', which is an adaptation of Roald Dahl's 1982 classic kid novel.

Mark Rylance to play title role in Steven Spielberg's next

Los Angeles: Three-time Tony award-winner Mark Rylance is set to play the titular role in Steven Spielberg's 'The BFG', which is an adaptation of Roald Dahl's 1982 classic kid novel.

The novel concerns a young girl, the Queen of England and a benevolent giant known as the BFG. The three set out on an adventure to capture the evil, man-eating giants who have been invading the human world, reported Deadline.

"As I witnessed on stage, Mark Rylance is a transformational actor. I am excited and thrilled that Mark will be making this journey with us to Giant Country. "Everything about his career so far is about making the courageous choice and I'm honoured he has chosen The BFG as his next big screen performance," Spielberg said in a statement.

The film gets underway early next year and Disney will release it on July 1, 2016 in the US. 

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