While many reports have said that Studio Ghibli figurehead Hayao Miyazaki was to “retire” from the studio and focus on other things, some are still hoping that the output from the famous animation house will continue in earnest. For now though, fans haven’t got long to wait for Ghibli’s new film When Marnie Was There, which is released this summer.
GKIDS, the distributor behind 2015 Oscar-nominated Song of the Sea and The Tale of the Princess Kaguya, has announced the English-language voice cast who will lend their talents to the film, which is getting a limited run in New York and Los Angeles on May 22nd before a nationwide expansion.
Hailee Steinfeld (Pitch Perfect 2), John C. Reilly (Step Brothers), Vanessa Williams (Ugly Betty), Geena Davis (The Fly), Kathy Bates (Misery), Ellen Burstyn (Interstellar) and Catherine O’Hara (Home Alone) are among the cast for the film, which tells the story of a 12-year-old orphan’s friendship with a ghost.
Directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi and on Joan G. Robinson’s book, Marnie was a big hit last summer in Japan, and is expected to be in the running for Best Animated Film at next year’s Oscars.