DreamWorks Studios has announced that Steven Spielberg has found his Sophie for the upcoming adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic tale The BFG, with 10-year-old newcomer Ruby Barnhill securing the role in what will be her first feature film.
“After a lengthy search, I feel Roald Dahl himself would have found Ruby every bit as marvellous as we do,” said Steven Spielberg. “We have discovered a wonderful Sophie in Ruby Barnhill.”
“I feel incredibly lucky and I’m so happy,” said Ruby Barnhill, who is set to appear in the upcoming BBC children’s drama Four O’Clock Club. “Sophie gets to go on this wonderful adventure and I’m so excited that I get to play her.”
The BFG is set to go into production early next year for release in 2016, with Mark Rylance portraying the BFG.