The English dub for the Japanese anime film The Boy and The Heron just revealed the talented voice cast members that will be part of the film dropping this winter!

By JPD - Oct 17, 2023 05:10 PM EST
Filed Under: Anime & Manga
Source: AnimeMojo

A talent-packed voice cast for the English dub of the anime film The Boy and the Heron was just revealed! On November 22, the movie will have a few special early screenings and then premiere nationwide throughout the U.S. and Canda on December 8.

The statement for the films premiere dates was released on Studio Ghibli's official social media accounts, and included a poster image for the film. Voice cast members include names such as Robert Pattinson, Florence Pugh, Christian Bale, and more! Check out the full announcement and cast list below now, along with the film's first teaser right from Studio Ghibli!

Official Poster Image


Check out the official cast for The Boy and The Heron English dub film down below: 

  • Mahito Maki voiced by Luca Padovan
  • The Gray Heron voiced by Robert Pattinson
  • Shoichi Maki voiced by Christian Bale
  • Natsuko voiced by Gemma Chan
  • Lady Himi voiced by Karen Fukuhara
  • Kiriko voiced by Florence Pugh
  • The Parakeet King voiced by Dave Bautista
  • Noble Pelican voiced by Willem Dafoe
  • Granduncle voiced by Mark Hamill

Dan Stevens, Tony Revolori, and Mamoudou Athie will also appear in the movie as the Parakeets. In a press statement, GKIDS stated that the casting was managed and produced by the business, with guidance from Studio Ghibli. At NYAV Post, Michael Snterniklaas oversaw the ADR direction, and Stephane Sheh adapted the English script. In a separate press release, the SAG-AFTRA Foreign Dubbing Agreement was followed in the production of the dub.

The Boy and the Heron, which is known as How Do You Live? in Japan, was originally released to Japanese theaters beginning July 14. Following its premiere release, the Toronto International Film Festival showcased the films premiere to an international audience on September 7, and lastly the New York Film Festival premiered the film to its first U.S. audiences. 

So, what is The Boy and the Heron about?

A young boy named Mahito yearning for his mother ventures into a world shared by the living and the dead.

There, death comes to an end, and life finds a new beginning.

A semi-autobiographical fantasy about life, death, and creation, in tribute to friendship, from the mind of Hayao Miyazaki.

Watch the first official teaser for the most detailed sneak peek of what's to come so far!

What are your thoughts on the newly announced voice castings for the upcoming English dub of The Boy and The Heron? Who are you most excited to see featured in the film? Will you be attending the film when it drops in theaters this December? Let us know in the comments down below!

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GhostDog - 10/17/2023, 5:18 PM
Miyazaki with another masterpiece. What else is new.
FinnishDude - 10/17/2023, 5:21 PM
Celebrity stunt casting in animation is already annoying, but it's extra annoying here. Voice acting is a very specific skill and dubbing is kinda a "next level", so to speak, from that, since you don't have the freedom of creating a completely your own performance in your own rhythm, but rather have to match the already animated visuals. Sure, to be fair, few of these guys have some previous anime dubbing experience (all from older Ghibli movies, funnily enough) and Mark Hamill is the one outright voice actor of the group, but it still feels like putting name value over actually being the best people for the job.
CaptainFlapjaks - 10/17/2023, 6:25 PM
@FinnishDude - dude, miyazaki has a knack for getting big celebs into these roles and while i see your point in allowing lesser known voice actors get the spotlight. I actually think its smart since it shows how much these anime films mean to these celebs that they want to be cast in it. It brings more spotlight to the genre and miyazaki has not had a bad dub yet.
Saga - 10/17/2023, 7:17 PM
@FinnishDude - Id Say actually watch their movies, more than half of this cast has done excellent voice work not just in anime. Cristian Bale alone is outstanding, better than any "voice actor" out there
FinnishDude - 10/18/2023, 1:32 AM
@Saga - Yeah, no. While Bale is not the worst example of celebrity voice actor, he isn't anything to write home about either.
FinnishDude - 10/18/2023, 1:33 AM
@CaptainFlapjaks - I'm bit more cynical and feel that a lot of celebrities simply see voice acting as a quick gig between their bigger jobs.
CaptainFlapjaks - 10/18/2023, 1:08 PM
@FinnishDude - that is the case sometimes but i dont see that with miyazakis films. I feel those people genuinely want to be a part of it. Bale said how much of a fan he is of spirited away.
dracula - 10/17/2023, 5:23 PM
So will Miyazaki actually retire this time

seems like every few years he finds reason to come out of retirement for one last film
dracula - 10/17/2023, 5:24 PM
so many superhero actors
dracula - 10/17/2023, 5:27 PM
Miyazaki is the Stanley Kubrick of the animation industry
HashTagSwagg - 10/17/2023, 5:36 PM
CoHost - 10/17/2023, 5:31 PM
I'll just watch the sub.
Forthas - 10/17/2023, 5:37 PM
The greatest Batman ever and Robert Pattinson in a film together....Cool!
asherman93 - 10/17/2023, 6:09 PM
@Forthas - Kevin Conroy recorded for this before he died? Awesome! Kind of sad they didn't put him on the poster.

Still, two Batmen and the Joker.
Origame - 10/17/2023, 6:07 PM
Now I wish bale did the gotham knight. It was cool having Conroy voice batman there, of course. But those shorts were supposed to be in Canon with the dark knight trilogy. So it's weird hearing Conroy when it should've been bale.
mattboesch8907 - 10/17/2023, 6:42 PM
Jeez this cast. You got two Batmen, A Joker (who is also Luke Skywalker), an eternal, and one Green Goblin.
Saga - 10/17/2023, 7:18 PM
@mattboesch8907 - lets not forget Katana. She's got my back. She can cut all of you in half with one sword stroke, just like mowing the lawn. I would advise not getting killed by her. Her sword traps the souls of its victims
DocSpock - 10/17/2023, 9:56 PM

Great talent wasted on more of this Japanese anime crap.

Django79 - 10/18/2023, 12:22 AM
@DocSpock - have you seen any of the Ghibli movies? They’re beautiful. Would urge you to give them a shot.
DocSpock - 10/18/2023, 11:54 AM
@Django79 -

I have and don't like them. I can't stand the whole big eyes big head junk look of Japanese anime. Even if they come in adult themed stories, they look like kiddie crap. I can't imagine adults looking at this stuff & enjoying it. I hate the comics too. But I know some adults do really like all that though I don't understand why.

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