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GKIDS Reveal Poster and Dub Cast For Ghibli's 'Earwig and The Witch'


Studio Ghibli are returning with their first film since 2014's When Marnie Was There in a new production from Goro "son of Hayao" Miyazaki. Miyazaki Junior's third feature Earwig and The Witch will be the first CG animated film from the studio. Although the film is headed for TV screens in Japan, it's due to be released in cinemas internationally, with GKIDS Films planning a US release in early 2021.

Adapted from a children's book by Welsh writer Diana Wynne Jones (author of the original novel Howl's Moving Castle), the film will premiere of Japan's NHK on December 30. Ahead of this, GKIDS has unveiled a new poster and revealed the English cast for their new dubbed version.

The dub cast will feature Oscar-nominated actor Richard E Grant (Can You Ever Forgive Me?, Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker), Country singer and actress Kacey Musgraves and Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey, Beauty and The Beast) and newcomer Taylor Paige Henderson as the eponymous Earwig. Musgraves- a six-time Grammy Winner- will also record an English version of the film's theme song Don't Disturb Me.

The scale and timing of the release will be dependent on how circumstances change in the new year, but GKIDS have stated that they intend to screen Earwig in an awards-qualifying run.

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English Voice Cast in Order of Appearance

Earwig's Mother  Kacey Musgraves
Matron Pandora Colin
Assistant Matron  Alex Cartañá
Earwig  Taylor Paige Henderson
Mr. Jenkins  JB Blanc
Custard  Logan Hannan
Phyllis  Summer Jenkins
Sally Vivienne Rutherford
Cook Tom Bromhead
Assistant Cook  Eva Kaminsky
Bella Yaga  Vanessa Marshall
The Mandrake  Richard E. Grant
Thomas Dan Stevens

Additional Voices
JB Blanc
Tom Bromhead
Alex Cartañá
Pandora Colin
Summer Jenkins
Eva Kaminsky
Vivienne Rutherford


Growing up in an orphanage in the British countryside, Earwig has no idea that her mother had magical powers. Her life changes dramatically when a strange couple takes her in, and she is forced to live with a selfish witch. As the headstrong young girl sets out to uncover the secrets of her new guardians, she discovers a world of spells and potions, and a mysterious song that may be the key to finding the family she has always wanted.

The latest film from Studio Ghibli (Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke) is directed by Goro Miyazaki (From Up on Poppy Hill, Tales from Earthsea) and produced by studio co-founder Toshio Suzuki, with planning on the feature from his father, Academy Award®-winner Hayao Miyazaki. Based on the children’s novel “Earwig and the Witch” by Diana Wynne Jones, the film marks Studio Ghibli’s first entirely 3DCG animated feature. The film was an official selection for the 2020 Cannes Film Festival.

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