Finally, after months of waiting, probably since the American release of The Wind Rises, GKIDS has finally announced both the released date and voice cast for Isao Takahata‘s final film for Studio Ghibli, The Tale of Princess Kaguya.
The film will be released on October 17th, just in time for awards season to begin, and will be voiced by the following:
The Princess Kaguya – Chloë Grace Moretz
The Bamboo Cutter – James Caan
The Bamboo Cutter’s Wife – Mary Steenburgen
Sutemaru – Darren Criss
Lady Sagami – Lucy Liu
Me no Warawa – Hynden Walch
Inbe no Akita – George Segal
Prince I****sukuri – James Marsden
Prince Kuramochi – Beau Bridges
Lord Minister of the Right Abe – Oliver Platt
Great Counselor Otomo – Daniel Dae Kim
Middle Counselor Isonokami – John Cho
The Mikado – Dean Cain
Kita no Kata – Emily Bridges
Just in case you don’t remember why you should be ridiculously excited for this film, here is the official synopsis and trailer for the film:
An old man makes a living by selling bamboo. One day, he finds a princess in a bamboo. The princess is only the size of a finger. Her name is Kaguya. When Kaguya grows up, 5 men from prestigious families propose to her. Kaguya asks the men to find memorable marriage gifts for her, but the 5 men are unable to find what Kaguya wants. Then, the Emperor of Japan proposes to her.
This film takes a huge departure from the formerly established Ghibli style of animation which is incredibly beautiful and exciting and is sure to be a Oscar Nom this year.
Mayra Amaya is a Theater graduate from Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ where she also learned filmmaking. Amaya now resides in Brooklyn, NY where she works as an actor, writer and sandwich maker. You can follow her on Twitter (@amayasunwizard).