‘The Boy And The Heron’ English Voice Cast Includes Robert Pattinson, Florence Pugh, Christian Bale, Dave Bautista, & More

The arrival of a new film by Hayao Miyazaki, the legendary Studio Ghibli animator’s first in a decade, is a very big deal and should be treated as such. And we’re seeing it get exactly that treatment with the star-studded English voice cast revealed by GKids.

Christian Bale, Robert Pattinson, Florence Pugh, Gemma Chan, Dave Bautista, Willem Dafoe, Karen Fukuhara, Mark Hamill, Mamoudou Athie, Tony Revolori, and Dan Stevens are all voicing The Boy and the Heron. The voice cast will be led by Luca Padovan as Mahito Maki, with Pattinson as the Grey Heron, Fukuhara as Lady Himi, Chan as Natsuko, and Bale as Shiochi Maki. Pugh voices Kiriko, with Bautista as The Parakeet King, and Dafoe as Noble Pelican.

Here’s the synopsis:

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.

The Boy and the Heron opens stateside on December 8th. [Deadline]

Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.