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June 23, 2016 at 10:35 PM EDT

The BFG

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG
runtime
120 minutes
release date
07/01/16
performer
Mark Rylance, Ruby Barnhill, Rebecca Hall
director
Steven Spielberg
genre
Adventure, Family, Fantasy

Steven Spielberg has directed 29 feature films in his career, but he has never before made one with the kid-friendly powerhouse of Walt Disney.

He has produced films that Disney has released, and they’ve distributed some of his recent titles under the DreamWorks banner, but The BFG — his new adaptation of the 1982 Roald Dahl book — will be the first one he has directed that will be put out under the Walt Disney Studios fairy-tale castle logo. (It’s in theaters on July 1.)

In a new video clip, the Oscar-winning director talks about finally joining forces between his Amblin Entertainment company and the House of Mouse, including new footage from the fantasy film about a big, friendly giant and a little girl with “a lonely heart.”

Friday, check back at EW.com for a different video — a tour around the backlot that Spielberg considers his “ancestral home,” the place where he first learned about filmmaking by sneaking around and watching other sets at work. Hint: It’s currently home to a mechanical shark, a giant alien-caused plane crash, and one southwestern-style office complex with his Amblin E.T. logo emblazoned on the wall outside.

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