Joseph Gordon-Levitt (a.k.a. the boy who needs to come to Broadway) will be voicing the lead role in the English-language release of Hayao Miyazaki's likely final film, The Wind Rises. According to USA Today, Disney will release the dubbed version of the animated movie, which charts the life and times of World War II fighter plane designer Jiro Horikoshi, on February 21, 2014.
Other key roles in the film will be voiced by Darren Criss, Tony winner Mandy Patinkin, Emily Blunt, Tony nominee Stanley Tucci, John Krasinski, Tony winner Martin Short, William H. Macy, Werner Herzog, Elijah Wood, Mae Whitman, Jennifer Grey and Ronan Farrow. The Wind Rises had its Oscar-qualifying run in Los Angeles and was voted Best Animated Feature of the year by the National Board of Review. The movie also received a Golden Globe nod for Best Foreign Language Film.
The Wind Rises follows Jiro—inspired by the famous Italian aeronautical designer Caproni—who dreams of flying and designing beautiful airplanes. Nearsighted from a young age and thus unable to become a pilot, Jiro joins the aircraft division of a major Japanese engineering company in 1927. His genius is soon recognized, and he grows to become one of the world’s most accomplished airplane designers.