GKIDS, the producer and distributor of award-winning animated films from across the globe, has revealed the voice cast for acclaimed filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki’s latest masterpiece, “THE BOY AND THE HERON.”

The English dubbed version of this film will feature an impressive lineup of talented actors, including Christian Bale (known for his roles in “Ford v Ferrari” and “The Pale Blue Eye”), Dave Bautista (recognizable from “Dune” and “Guardians of the Galaxy”), Gemma Chan (famous for her performances in “Eternals” and “Crazy Rich Asians”), Willem Dafoe (seen in “At Eternity’s Gate” and “The Florida Project”), Karen Fukuhara (known for her work in “The Boys” and “Suicide Squad”), Mark Hamill (renowned for his portrayal of Luke Skywalker and his voice work), Robert Pattinson (upcoming star of “The Batman” and “Tenet”), and Florence Pugh (notable for her roles in “Black Widow” and “Little Women”).

Additionally, Luca Padovan joins the cast as the character Mahito Maki, while Mamoudou Athie, Tony Revolori, and Dan Stevens lend their voices to the Parakeets in the film.

GKIDS handled casting and produced the English version in close consultation with Studio Ghibli, to produce the English version, collaborating with ADR director Michael Sinterniklaas at NYAV Post and English script adapter Stephanie Sheh. The English dubbed version adheres to the SAG-AFTRA Foreign Dubbing Agreement, ensuring quality and authenticity.

GKIDS is set to release THE BOY AND THE HERON in theaters nationwide on December 8, 2023. This eagerly awaited animated film from Studio Ghibli, the renowned Japanese animation studio, will be available in both the original Japanese version and an English-language version.

Photo by Nicolas Guérin

The movie is an original story written and directed by the legendary Hayao Miyazaki, co-founder of Studio Ghibli. This is Miyazaki’s first feature film in 10 years, with the previous film being The Wind Rises in 2013. Toshio Suzuki, co-founder of Studio Ghibli, will be the producer, while long-time musical collaborator Joe Hisaishi will provide the mesmerizing musical score.

Photo by Kazuhei Kimura

The theme song titled “Spinning Globe” will performed by the internationally acclaimed J-pop sensation, Kenshi Yonezu. This film marks Miyazaki’s highly-anticipated return to feature filmmaking after a 10-year hiatus.

Opening to rave reviews at the 48th Toronto International Film Festival, THE BOY AND THE HERON made an impressive international debut. With sold-out screenings and a top three spot in the TIFF People’s Choice Awards, the film captivated audiences. It also received acclaim at the New York Film Festival, San Sebastian International Film Festival, and the BFI London Film Festival.

The film is set to be exclusively in theaters on December 8th. The film will also be presented in IMAX at LA’s Chinese Theater on October 18 as the Opening Night of the Animation is Film Festival, an event we will cover.

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