Hayao Miyazaki's ostensibly final film, The Wind Rises, is earning a lot of praise right now - just yesterday it was one of five animated films to get nominated for this year's Critics' Choice Award for Best Animated Feature. As such, the English-language dub of the film isn't far off. And while English dubs are often a bit of an irritant or distraction (Spirited Away, Ponyo, etc...), this one, fronted by Internet-favourite Joseph Gordon-Levitt, is really rather exciting.
Gordon-Levitt (Looper, The Dark Knight Rises), who recently released his directorial debut, Don Jon, will provide the dub for the film's main character, Jiro Horikoshi, a talented plane engineer, haunted by the use of his designs during World War II. Also on the cast are JGL's Looper co-star Emily Blunt, John Krasinski, Martin Short, Stanley Tucci, Mandy Patinkin, William H. Macy, Werner Herzog, Mae Whitman, Jennifer Grey, Darren Criss, Elijah Wood and Ronan Farrow. Check out who's voicing who over at USA Today.
With stars from everything ranging from franchise movies like Lord of the Rings and The Hunger Games, to hit TV shows like The US Office and Homeland, it's a pretty impressive cast, and one gleefully devoid of massive stars who would phone in a performance, or Disney Channel stars who would only serve to irritate. It looks like the darker, more serious tone of the film is being preserved.
In fact, Gordon-Levitt said of the film, when posting the photo at the top of this post on Facebook: "Not exaggerating, it's one of the most beautiful movies I've ever seen." And we're inclined to believe him.
The dubbed version of the film hits US theatres on 21st February. Still no UK release date announced though.