Though there were a lot of British actors cast in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, only one of them really brandished her distinctive accent loud and proud: Daisy Ridley, the bubbly new face of the Jedi order. And now, she’s bringing that voice to none other than the iconic Japanese animation house Studio Ghibli, home of Spirited Away, Grave of the Fireflies, and many other moving, vivid animated universes.
Only Yesterday, directed by Ghibli co-founder Isao Takahata, came out in 1991 but has never seen an English-language release. While not having English-speaking actors doesn’t bar most foreign language films from crossing over, the Ghibli movies in particular have benefitted from full English-language dubbed releases — with all-star voice talent in tow. (See: The Fanning sisters in My Neighbor Totoro, Christian Bale and Billy Crystal in Howl’s Moving Castle.) And, as Disney has distribution rights over most of Studio Ghibli’s films (through movie business magic), it makes for them to merge the Star Wars universe with the Ghibli one.
As for more information about the film? It’s about an older woman looking back at her life, and as of now, the only other vocal talent attached is Slumdog Millionaire and Chappie actor Dev Patel. We can’t wait until Only Yesterday finally hits American theaters for real, with Rey- err, Ridley attached.
Images courtesy of Disney and Studio Ghibli.