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English-Language Voice Cast for 'The Wind Rises' Includes Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Emily Blunt and Werner Herzog

by Ryan Lattanzio
December 17, 2013 7:39 PM
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"The Wind Rises"
"The Wind Rises"

A top drawer roster has been assembled for the English-language version of Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki's latest film for Studio Ghibli, "The Wind Rises." Disney will open the dubbed version of this animated Oscar contender in select North American theaters on February 21, 2014 before expanding on February 28.

Full cast list and trailer below.

JOSEPH GORDON-LEVITT ("Don Jon," "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For") lends his voice to Jiro Horikoshi, who harbors strong ambitions to create his own beautiful airplane. A bubbling mix of wild excitement, extreme focus, individualism, pride, realism and idealism, Jiro also has a cool and brilliant mind and is recognized for his talent.

JOHN KRASINSKI ("The Office," "Promised Land") provides the voice of Honjo, Jiro’s college friend and fellow aviation engineer.

EMILY BLUNT ("The Young Victoria," "Edge of Tomorrow," "Into the Woods") voices Nahoko Satomi, a beautiful and cheerful girl who is a passenger on the same train as Jiro on the day of a natural disaster. Ten years later, they reunite.

MARTIN SHORT ("Father of the Bride," "Saturday Night Live") was tapped to portray Kurokawa, Jiro’s grumpy boss.

STANLEY TUCCI ("Julie & Julia," "The Hunger Games" films, "The Devil Wears Prada") provides the voice of Caproni, an airplane creator known worldwide from the dawn of Italian aviation through the 1930s, who appears in Jiro’s dreams to stir up, advise and voice Jiro’s thoughts and emotions.

MANDY PATINKIN ("Homeland," "The Princess Bride") lends his voice to Hattori, the senior designer at Mitsubishi.

WERNER HERZOG ("Jack Reacher," filmmaker "Grizzly Man") voices Castorp, a mysterious visitor to Japan who encounters Jiro at a mountain resort.

WILLIAM H. MACY ("Shameless," "Fargo") steps into the role of Satomi, Nahoko's father.

MAE WHITMAN ("Parenthood," "The Perks of Being a Wallflower") was called on to voice Kayo Horikoshi, Jiro’s younger sister, who adores him. Whitman also voices Kinu, Nahoko’s caretaker.

JENNIFER GREY ("Dirty Dancing," "The Cotton Club," "Ferris Bueller's Day Off") provides the voice of Mrs. Kurokawa.

DARREN CRISS ("Girl Most Likely," "Glee") lends his voice to Katayama, a jovial junior engineering colleague of Jiro.

ELIJAH WOOD ("Wilfred," "Grand Piano," "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy) voices Sone, a studious engineering colleague of Jiro.

RONAN FARROW ("From Up on Poppy Hill") is the voice of the Mitsubishi Employee.


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  • JoeS | December 18, 2013 12:39 PMReply

    Hopefully, the original version will be made available in at least the larger series (and later home video release). I saw that version and adored it.

    That said, this voice cast seems decent considering. The only issue is if they can reign in Martin Short. Billy Crystal in HOWL'S MOVING CASTLE took you right out of the movie.

  • cadavra | December 17, 2013 10:33 PMReply

    The original track features Japanese, Chinese, French, Italian, German and English; language differences are a key part of the characters' interrelations. All of this will be lost if everyone is speaking the same language.

    And nothing says "mid-20th-Century Japan" like Martin Short, Emily Blunt and Mandy Patinkin.

    (sighs and shakes head)

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