The Great Gilly Hopkins is a 2015 American drama film directed by Stephen Herek and written by David L. Paterson. It is based on Katherine Paterson’s 1978 children’s book of the same name. The film stars Sophie Nélisse, Julia Stiles, Glenn Close, Kathy Bates, Octavia Spencer, Bill Cobbs, and Billy Magnussen.
Gilly Hopkins is the meanest girl in town: she has a birth mother she has never seen and has moved from one foster home to another. Learning that she will be sent to a new home, she wastes no time stirring up trouble. Then she meets a woman named Trotter, who wants to be the mother Gilly needs. With Gilly posing a challenge, Trotter must prove a good relationship will benefit both of them.
The film premiered on October 6, 2015, at the SCHLINGEL International Film Festival.