Secret World of Arrietty director Hiromasa Yonebayashi will again be helming a Studio Ghibli adaptation of a British children's novel with the revered animation house planning an anime movie based on Joan G. Robinson's When Marnie Was There for July 19th. As with the studio's features, especially the recent ones, the cast is largely composed of actors who aren't primarily voice workers.
After last month's introduction of the leads, the support cast have now been named.
Yuriko - Nanako Matsushima (Ringu, live-action Hana Yori Dango, Grave of the Fireflies and GTO)
Kiyomasa Oiwa - Susumu Terajima (plenty of yakuza roles)
Setsu Oiwa - Toshie Negishi
Old Lady - Ryoko Moriyama (a folk singer)
Nanny - Kazuko Yoshiyuki (Japanese Academy Award winner for Empire of Passion.)
Hisako - Hitomi Kuroki
Actresses Sara Takatsuki (live-action GTO and Daily Lives of Highschool Boys, the theatrical adaptation of the Basara manga) and Kasumi Arimura (the live-action adaptation of Judge) have been introduced as the film's leads, Anna and Marnie.
Keiko Niwa, Masashi Ando, Hiromasa Yonebayashi are attached to Omoide no Marnie anime's screenplay while the music is by Takatsugu Matsumura.
American singer/songwriter Priscilla Ahn will be providing the theme.
My biggest dream came true-I'm writing & singing the theme song to the next Studio Ghibli film - out this Summer!!! pic.twitter.com/uSnwf0QZNf— Priscilla Ahn (@PriscillaAhn) April 15, 2014
This will be the first lead voice work for the main actresses, the first Studio Ghibli movie with an English theme, and the first feature-length anime movie without the direct involvement of Studio Ghibli co-founders Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata.
Illustrated by Paddington Bear's Peggy Fortnum, the novel follows a girl who moves with her older foster parent to coastal Norfolk, where the lonely girl forms her first friendship with the ghostly Marnie, haunting the March House.