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

Photo of Ryan Lattanzio By Ryan Lattanzio | TOH! December 17, 2013 at 7:39PM

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.
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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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