Casting Call: The BFG

Published October 7, 2011

 

In which we suggest who should star in the next big adaptation, remake, or historical film.

We’ve seen some of Roald Dahl’s best books come to the big screen, some in worse form than others—ahem, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005). But when The Wrap announced last week that Dreamworks had bought the rights to Dahl’s The BFG, a lesser-known but equally-loved children’s book, we couldn’t have been more excited.
 
The good news: E.T. scribe Melissa Mathison will be adapting to the screen the story of “the BFG,” or the big friendly giant who collects dreams, refuses to eat “human beans,” and ultimately saves the world from his nasty human-eating kind. The bad news: fantasy children’s movies like these, with male leads like our BFG, have leaned too heavily on Johnny Depp and Jim Carrey in recent years. As much as we love Carrey, this is one book adaptation for which we’d prefer he didn’t lay on the latex makeup. Here’s who we have in mind.