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Disney’s U.S. Voice Cast For Hayao Miyazaki’s ‘The Wind Rises’ Features ‘Looper’ Reunion & Werner Herzog

Written by on December 17, 2013 

Although the story of the man who designed Japanese fighter pilots in World War II doesn’t exactly scream family-friendly material, particularly with a subplot surrounding an ailing wife, Disney is betting against the odds early next year. The company gave Hayao Miyazaki‘s final film, The Wind Rises, a one-week qualifying run in New York last month (complete with subtitles) and now for its wide release in February they’ve unveiled their English-language voice cast.

When coming to America, Studio Ghibli works have long since feature top actors and the latest dub is no different. Leading the pack is the ever-busy Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who’ll be playing the lead character of Jiro Horikoshi, a boy who has been obsessed with flying from a young age and goes on to make it his life’s work. Stanley Tucci will voice the role of Italian plane designer Giovanni Caproni, who appears in dream sequences. Rounding out the cast is Werner Herzog and JGL’s Looper co-star Emily Blunt, as well as John Krasinski, Mandy Patinkin, and more. See the full rundown below via USA Today and check back for our year-end round-up, where the film is guaranteed to make an appearance.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt — main character Jiro Horikoshi

Emily Blunt — love interest Nahoko Satomi

John Krasinski — Honjo, Jiro’s college pal and fellow aviation engineer

Martin Short — Kurokawa, Jiro’s grumpy boss

Stanley Tucci — Caproni, Italian airplane creator

Mandy Patinkin — Hattori, senior designer at Mitsubishi

William H. Macy — Satomi, Nahoko’s father

Werner Herzog — the mysterious Castorp

Mae Whitman — Kayo, Jiro’s younger sister, as well as Kinu, Nahoko’s caretaker

Jennifer Grey — Mrs. Kurokawa

Darren Criss — Katayama, one of Jiro’s engineering colleagues

Elijah Wood — Sone, another of Jiro’s colleagues

Ronan Farrow — Mitsubishi employee

The Wind Rises opens on February 21st.

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