DreamWorks Announces Child Actor Cast in THE BFG – Ruby Barnhill
It’s case of Beginner’s Luck for newbie child actor Ruby Barnhill who DreamWorks Studios announced has been cast as the young girl, Sophie, in the beloved classic children’s story, “The BFG.” Steven SpielbergSteven Spielberg is set to direct the film adaptation of the novel by Roald Dahl (Matilda, James and the Giant Peach, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory).
Published in 1982, “The BFG” is the tale of a young London girl and the mysterious Giant who introduces her to the beauty and peril of Giant Country. Barnhill joins Mark Rylance who has been cast as the “Big Friendly Giant.”
“The BFG” will be 10-year-old Ruby Barnhill’s first feature film role. She has been acting for two years and will appear in the upcoming BBC BAFTA award-winning children’s drama “Four O’Clock Club.” Ruby lives in Cheshire with her parents, younger sister and Tom the cat. She is a member of her local youth theatre.
“After a lengthy search, I feel Roald Dahl himself would have found Ruby every bit as marvelous as we do,” said Steven Spielberg. “We have discovered a wonderful Sophie in Ruby Barnhill.”
Luke Kelly, Managing Director of the Roald Dahl Literary Estate and Roald Dahl’s grandson, said, “The character of Sophie is one of the most endearing young heroes in Roald Dahl’s stories. She is as brave as she is curious and has an innate sense of wonder. Many congratulations to Ruby