Japanese animation powerhouse Studio Ghibli has had a long history of nabbing big-name actors for its films in U.S. distribution—from Christian Bale in Howl’s Moving Castle to Tina Fey and Matt Damon in Ponyo—and its latest release is no different.
U.S. distributor GKIDS announced in a release today that Chloë Grace Moretz (Kick-Ass, Carrie) will voice the title role in The Tale of Princess Kaguya. James Caan, Mary Steenburgen, Darren Criss, Lucy Liu, James Marsden, and John Cho also lend their voices.
The Tale of Princess Kaguya is based on Japan’s oldest recorded narrative, The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter, about a man who finds a a tiny girl inside a stalk of bamboo. She grows into a beautiful woman who attracts many suitors, though she hides a secret.
The film is directed by Studio Ghibli co-founder Isao Takahata. Though his partner, Hayao Miyazaki, is perhaps better known in the U.S.—especially for his work on Spirited Away and My Neighbor Totoro—Takahata’s devastating Grave of the Fireflies has received wide critical acclaim.
GKIDS and Studio Ghibli are looking to bank on those kinds of accolades for Princess Kaguya as well. The film received rave reviews at Cannes (Variety dubbed it a “visionary tour de force”) and is set for an Oscar-ready October 17 release in the U.S.