GKIDS, the distributor behind 2015 Oscar-nominated “Song of the Sea” and Ghibli’s own “Tale of the Princess Kaguya,” will release “When Marnie Was There” on May 22 in New York and Los Angeles before a nationwide rollout.
Hailee Steinfeld, John C. Reilly, Vanessa Williams, Geena Davis, Kathy Bates, Ellen Burstyn, Catherine O’Hara, Kiernan Shipka, Grey Griffin, Ava Acres and Raini Roodriguez will round out the English-language voice cast for this story of a 12-year-old orphan’s friendship with a ghost.
The revered Japanese animation house has started to pull back from production in the wake of is-he-or-isn’t-he-retired figurehead Hayao Miyazaki’s turn toward manga-making, and this may well be Ghibli’s last film (for awhile at least). Directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi and based on a children’s novel by Joan G. Robinson, “Marnie” was a summer 2014 box office hit in Japan. Expect an Oscar push from GKIDS, which opened “Kaguya” to the best reviews of any animated film last year.
Here’s the trailer.