“Tale Of Princess Kaguya” Nabs H’wood Star

Japanese animation powerhouse Studio Ghibli has had a long history of nabbing big-name actors for its films in U.S. distribution—from Christian Bale in Howl’s “Moving Castle” to Tina Fey and Matt Damon in “Ponyo” — and its latest release is no different. U.S. distributor GKIDS has announced that Chloë Grace Moretz (“Kick-Ass,” “Carrie”) will voice the title role in “The Tale of Princess Kaguya.” James Caan, Darren Criss, Lucy Liu, and John Cho also lend their voices. “The Tale of Princess Kaguya” is based on Japan’s oldest recorded narrative, “The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter,” about a man who finds a a tiny girl inside a stalk of bamboo. She grows into a beautiful woman who attracts many suitors, though she hides a secret.

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