Do you remember Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who played John Blake from Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises – The young police officer who would later tease fans by revealing at the end of the film that his legal name is Robin? Or maybe you recognise him from recent romantic comedy Don Jon? Either way though, he is one of Hollywood’s biggest names at the moment (currently being rumoured for just about every role out there. I wouldn’t be surprised if he was even rumoured for the role of Wonder Woman at one point).
Anyway, early this morning, Studio Ghibli revealed that this hot property will be leading a star studded English cast for Hayao Miyazaki’s final theatrical feature, the Golden Globe nominated historical fantasy film The Wind Rises, where he will be voicing Jiro Horikoshi, a young man who dreams of building aeroplanes.
He isn’t the only big name on the bill though. The Devil Wears Prada and upcoming Edge of Tomorrow (formally known as All You Need is Kill) actress Emily Blunt will be starring alongside him as the terminally ill love interest Nahoko. Emily Brunt also brings some of her family along for the trip as well, with husband John Krasinski (The Office, Monster’s University) being cast as the aircraft designer Honyo, as well as her brother-in-law Stanley Tucci (Captain America: The First Avenger, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire), who will be providing the voice for Giovanni Caproni, the Italian plane designer.
Emily Blunt has called this film the director’s most complex film to date and was quite poignant when reflecting on her character, stating: “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.” She later adds ” ‘We must live’ is a line audiences will hear in the movie and it’s through our losses and our accomplishments, as if we’re emboldened by our dreams, that we must live. That’s a really deep message for a lot of people.”
The full English cast, as reported by USA Today, is as follows:
Joseph Gordon-Levitt — Jiro Horikoshi
Emily Blunt — Nahoko Satomi
John Krasinski — Honjo
Martin Short — Kurokawa
Stanley Tucci — Caproni
Mandy Patinkin — Hattori
William H. Macy — Satomi
Werner Herzog — Castorp
Mae Whitman — Kayo
Jennifer Grey — Mrs. Kurokawa
Darren Criss — Katayama
Elijah Wood — Sone
Ronan Farrow — Mitsubishi employee
Studio Ghibli is no stranger for having big names, or even actors from previous Batman movies starring in their movies, with Porco Rosso starring Michael Keaton (Bruce Wayne/Batman in Batman and Batman Returns) in the titular role and The Dark Knight trilogy’s Christian Bale (Bruce Wayne/Batman) was the lead in Howl’s Moving Castle.