Studio Ghibli’s The Tale of Princess Kaguya sets English cast and release date

no3_kaguya_nikonikoboard_outStudio Ghibli, the animation legend that created classics such as Spirited AwayMy Neighbour Totoro and the bittersweet swan song for the company’s co-founder Hayao Miyazaki, The Wind Rises have once again graced us with another animated feature film. The Tale Of The Princess Kaguya is set for a US release.

Directed by Isao Takahata (My Neighbors the Yamadas), The Tale Of Princess Kaguya (adapted from the Japanese folktale, The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter) tells the story of a tiny, young girl, Kaguya, who is found by an old bamboo cutter inside a shining stalk of bamboo. Kaguya later grows into an exquisite young lady, raised by the old man and his wife. She soon sets out on a journey across the countryside all the way to the grand capital city. Although she is small, she entrances all who encounter her, including five noble suitors who each propose marriage. Little does anyone know, however that she hides a secret that will affect her life and seal her fate.

Like the majority of Ghibli films, Kaguya’s US release is set to have an English-language dub. The US rights to Kaguya have been acquired by independent distributor GKIDS (GKIDS-Ghibli) and the English dub is being produced by Frank Marshall and Studio Ghibli, continuing the team’s partnership with the company who recently produced the English dub of The Wind Rises. 

The English dub of Kaguya is set to be released in North America on October 17th, 2014, a clever release date as this gives the film an opportunity to enter the ‘awards season’. The English cast for the film has also been released.

The title character of Kaguya will be voiced by Chloe Grace Moretz (Kick-Ass & Kick-Ass 2). Other actors who have signed up for the English dub are James Caan (The Godfather), Mary Steenburgen (Melvin and Howard), co-owner of StarKid Productions Darren Criss, Asian icon Lucy Liu (Kill Bill Volume 1), Beau Bridges (The Fabulous Baker Boys), James Marsden (The Notebook), Oliver Platt (X‑Men: First Class) and Dean Cain (Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman).

The Tale Of The Princess Kaguya has already been well received in Japan when it was released in November 2013 and it garnered critical acclaim at Cannes, so any fan of Studio Ghibli is sure to want to see the English dub of the film. There is currently no sign of a UK release yet.

Are you looking forward to the release of The Tale Of The Princess Kaguya? What do you think of the English-language voice cast for the film? Let us know in the comments below.

Sources: Deadline | Empire

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