Deadline has revealed that Kick-Ass' Chloe Grace Moretz will voice the title character in Studio Ghibli co-founder Isao Takahata's (Pom Poko, Grave of the Fireflies) The Tale Of The Princess Kaguya. Timed for the Oscars, distributor GKids has planned an October 17th date for its North American release.
James Caan, Mary Steenburgen, Darren Criss, Lucy Liu, Beau Bridges, James Marsden, Oliver Platt and Dean Cain also have signed up for the film.
GKids' The Tale of the Princess Kaguya agreement includes theatrical, non-theatrical, home video and television rights in North America. Ghibli’s Geoffrey Wexler will produce the English version with Frank Marshall of Kennedy/Marshall executive producing. This team handled the English versions of The Wind Rises and GKIDS' first million-dollar grossing animated feature release, From Up on Poppy Hill.
Released in Japan in November, Kaguya is 78-year-old Takahata's first film since 1999's My Neighbors the Yamadas, eight years of effort and a budget of 5 billion yen were spent bringing it to the screen. The movie is a retelling of 10th century Japanese folktale Taketori Monogatari (The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter) - the story of moon princess Kaguya-hime, discovered as a baby inside the stalk of a glowing bamboo plant. The story figured into many other anime, from Oh! Edo Rocket to to Leiji Matsumoto's Queen Millennia to Sailor Moon.
GKids has also picked up the rights to Mami Sunada's documentary about Studio Ghibli, The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness.