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Disney also announced it will co-produce and co-finance the movie version of the classic children's tale

April 13, 2015 04:00 PM

After months of casting, an official lineup has been announced for The BFG – and it has some giant names.

Disney announced the latest roster of cast members Monday, along with the studio’s plans to co-produce and co-finance the film adaptation of the Roald Dahl classic, which is scheduled to hit theaters in summer 2016.

Based on the famed author’s 1982 children’s book, The BFG tells the story of a Big Friendly Giant who befriends an orphan girl, and together they set out to take on people-eating giants planning to take over the world.

The lineup of bloodthirsty giants includes former Saturday Night Live comedian Bill Hader and New Zealand-born actor Jemaine Clement (Flight of the Conchords).

Also cast as evil, bone-crunching beings are Michael David Adamthwaite, Daniel Bacon, Chris Gibbs, Adam Godley, Jonathan Holmes, Paul Moniz de Sa and Olafur Olaffson.

Downton Abbey‘s Penelope Wilton has also signed on to play the queen of England in the U.K. tale, and The Town‘s Rebecca Hall will play Mary, the queen’s maid.

Previously announced to star in the title roles are Tony Award-winner Mark Rylance as the famed friendly giant, alongside young newcomer Ruby Barnhill, 10, who will play the orphan Sophie.

Directed by Steven Spielberg, the film also marks the first Disney-branded movie that the award-winning director-producer has helmed.

“It is a special joy to be in the director’s chair as we start The BFG,” Spielberg said in a statement.

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