An A-list roster of voice talent has been assembled for the English-language version of Studio Ghibli’s The Wind Rises, which opens in select North American theaters on February 21, 2014, expanding wide on February 28, 2014. The film marks director Hayao Miyazaki’s final feature, as the legendary animation veteran announced his retirement in September 2013.
In The Wind Rises, Jiro dreams of flying and designing beautiful airplanes, inspired by the famous Italian aeronautical designer Caproni. Nearsighted and unable to be a pilot, he becomes one of the world’s most accomplished airplane designers, experiencing key historical events in an epic tale of love, perseverance and the challenges of living and making choices in a turbulent world. The voice cast of the English-language version follows.
- JOSEPH GORDON-LEVITT 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 provides the voice of Honjo, Jiro’s college friend and fellow aviation engineer.
- EMILY BLUNT 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 was tapped to portray Kurokawa, Jiro’s grumpy boss.
- STANLEY TUCCI 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 lends his voice to Hattori, the senior designer at Mitsubishi.
- WERNER HERZOG voices Castorp, a mysterious visitor to Japan who encounters Jiro at a mountain resort.
- WILLIAM H. MACY steps into the role of Satomi, Nahoko’s father.
- MAE WHITMAN was called on to voice Kayo Horikoshi, Jiro’s younger sister, who adores him. Whitman also voices Kinu, Nahoko’s caretaker.
- JENNIFER GREY provides the voice of Mrs. Kurokawa.
- DARREN CRISS lends his voice to Katayama, a jovial junior engineering colleague of Jiro.
- ELIJAH WOOD voices Sone, a studious engineering colleague of Jiro.
- RONAN FARROW is the voice of the Mitsubishi Employee.
Also featured in the English-language version of The Wind Rises are Zach Callison, who voices young Jiro; Eva Bella, who lends her voice to young Kayo; and Madeleine Rose Yen, who provides the voice of young Nahoko. Rounding out the English-language voice cast are Edie Mirman as the voice of Jiro’s mother and David Cowgill as the voice of the flight engineer.
The English-language voice cast of The Wind Rises is directed by Gary Rydstrom, a seven-time Academy Award®-winning sound designer who worked on Wreck-It Ralph and Brave. Rydstrom also directed the English-language versions of The Secret World of Arrietty and From Up on Poppy Hill. The English-language version of the film is produced by Studio Ghibli and executive produced by Frank Marshall, who produced dozens of landmark films, including the Indiana Jones series, The Bourne Legacy and ar Horse, and executive produced the English-language versions of Studio Ghibli films PONYO, The Secret World of Arrietty and From Up on Poppy Hill. Mike Jones is credited with the English-language screenplay adaptation for The Wind Rises.
The Wind Rises was released in Japan in July 2013, topping the Japanese box office and the $120 million mark. The film opened for Academy Award® qualification engagements in New York and Los Angeles in November, showcasing the original film in Japanese with English subtitles.