mystickeeper (mystickeeper) wrote in ontd_glee,

Darren Criss lends voice to English dub of Miyazaki's The Wind Rises

Actor and Don Jon director Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Inception, The Dark Knight Rises, Looper) and actress Emily Blunt (The Devil Wears Prada, Looper, Edge of Tomorrow) lead the cast for the English dub of The Wind Rises, the 11th and final feature film from Studio Ghibli co-founder Hayao Miyazaki. Gordon-Levitt plays Jirō Horikoshi (played by Evangelion director Hideaki Anno in Japanese), the designer of Japan's famed Mitsubishi A6M Zero fighter plane of World War II.

Gordon-Levitt told the USA Today newspaper that this film, unlike Miyazaki's others, "is more grounded in human beings and a historical moment in time. [However,] there's still a flavor of magic in it as you go inside the mind of this aeronautics engineer and you see him walking on the wings of airplanes in his dream." The newspaper describes Gordon-Levitt as a fan of Miyazaki's Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away films.

Miyazaki incorporated story elements inspired by Tatsuo Hori, the author of an earlier novel titled Kaze Tachinu. Blunt voices Nahoko, the film's female lead who is named after a character in Hori's works. Blunt told USA Today, "It's that dreamlike idea of thinking for one's self. My character represents that idea, that purity of dreaming for a better world, and that's partly because she knows she hasn't got long in this world."

Stanley Tucci plays a fictional version of Italian plane designer Giovanni Caproni. Also in the cast are John Krasinski as aircraft designer and Horikoshi's colleague Honyo, and Mandy Patinkin as senior designer Hattori at Mitsubishi. Blunt and Krasinski happen to be married, and Tucci is married to Blunt's sister. Patinkin previously voiced Louie in the English dub of Miyazaki's Laputa: Castle in the Sky.

Disney will release the film in North America, and Studio Ghibli International produced the English-language dub with producer Frank Marshall (From Up On Poppy Hill, The Secret World of Arrietty, Ponyo). The film played in New York and Los Angeles last month, and it will open across the United States in February.

Tags: "actor": darrin criss, better than new year's eve
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