When Marnie was There is due out in Japan on 19th July of this year, and, as is the norm at this point, there are no current release dates for English-speaking countries. However, two Japanese voice artists have been cast, and there are new stills from the film.
Yonebayashi Hiromasa (Secret World of Arriety) is directing the new feature with Kasumi Arimura and Sara Takatsuki voicing the lead characters of Marnie and Anna.
Synopsis for the book the film is based on:
Anna hasn't a friend in the world - until she meets Marnie among the sand dunes. But Marnie isn't all she seems...An atmospheric ghost story with truths to tell about friendship, families and loneliness. Anna lives with foster parents, a misfit with no friends, always on the outside of things. Then she is sent to Norfolk to stay with old Mr and Mrs Pegg, where she runs wild on the sand dunes and around the water. There is a house, the Marsh House, which she feels she recognises - and she soon meets a strange little girl called Marnie, who becomes Anna's first ever friend. Then one day, Marnie vanishes. A new family, the Lindsays, move into the Marsh House. Having learnt so much from Marnie about friendship, Anna makes firm friends with the Lindsays - and learns some strange truths about Marnie, who was not all she seemed...