Actress Chloe Grace Moretz is reportedly voicing the lead character for the English version of the newest Studio Ghibli movie, “The Tale of Princess Kaguya."
The movie tells the story of Princess Kaguya, who has many suitors but knows she cannot escape her destiny. According to Deadline, the movie, directed by Studio Ghibli co-founder Isao Takahata, is based on the Japanese story “The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter.”
“Kaguya” was released this past November in Japan and featured the voice work of actors Aki Asakura, Takeo Chii, and Kengo Kora. The movie is scheduled to be released in the US this October.
Moretz will voice Princess Kaguya and other actors that have come on board the project include “Elf” actors James Caan and Mary Steenburgen as well as “Glee” actor Darren Criss, Lucy Liu, Beau Bridges, James Marsden, Dean Cain, and Oliver Platt, according to Deadline.
Previous actors that have contributed their voices for the English version of Studio Ghibli films include Dakota and Elle Fanning, who worked on “My Neighboro Totoro”; Kirsten Dunst and Debbie Reynolds, who voiced characters in “Kiki’s Delivery Service”; Christian Bale and Billy Crystal, who were behind characters in “Howl’s Moving Castle”; and Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Emily Blunt, who contributed their voices to “The Wind Rises.”
Studio Ghibli was co-founded by Takahata and director Hayao Miyazaki. It is behind such films as “The Wind Rises,” “Howl’s Moving Castle,” “Spirited Away,” and “Princess Mononoke.” Monitor film critic Peter Rainer called “Wind,” which was billed as Miyazaki’s final film and the story of which is partly based on fighter plane designer Jiro Horikoshi’s life, “visually as beautiful as anything he’s ever done,” though he noted that “the collision between poetic fancifulness and grim reality, between peace and war, never falls into focus.”
Monitor readers selected some Studio Ghibli films as a couple of the best animated films ever produced, with “Spirited Away” coming in at number two and “Mononoke” ranking at number 10 on the list.
“Kaguya” will be released on Oct. 17.