The English-language voice cast for Disney’s 2014 much anticipated release The Wind Rises has been announced. Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Emily Blunt and Elijah Wood are among the actors lending their voices to Hayao Miyazaki’s final animé feature for Studio Ghibli.
Gordon-Levitt portrays the main character Jiro Horikoshi, a young Japanese boy in the early 20th century who has always dreamed of flying and meeting the Italian plane designer Giovanni Caproni (Stanley Tucci). If the story sounds familiar to you, it may be because the character of Jiro is not a fictional character. He is based on the designer of the Zero fighter aircraft from World War II.
As a fan of both Spirited Away and Princess Mononoke, Gordon-Levitt said: “What I love about acting is becoming somebody else, and when you’re just doing the voice and the animation is providing the visuals, you can really become someone else,”
Other actors taking on roles include Emily Blunt as Nahoko Satomi, Elijah Wood as Sone, Mae Whitman as Kayo, John Krasinski portrays Honjo, Jennifer Grey is Mrs Kurokawa and Darren Criss will voice Katayama.
The English version, which will be released in North American theatres on 21 February 2014, having been originally released in Japan this summer, has already gained itself a Golden Globe nomination and could possibly be in for Oscar recognition too. Created by the man behind My Neighbour Totoro, The Wind Rises has already made $120 million at the Japanese box office, despite complaints the film is too anti-war.
The film had its international début at the Venice Film Festival, where it was announced that Hayao Miyazaki will be stepping down from filmmaking.
“We credit the beauty and magic of Mr. Miyazaki’s final film for bringing together this phenomenal group of performers,” Frank Marshall said in a statement about the English-language version.
As of yet, we’re unsure when The Wind Rises will come to UK shores, but as soon as possible would be good.