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English Cast Revealed For Makoto Shinkai's 'Suzume'


The western release of one of the most eagerly anticipated anime films of the year is fast approaching. Anime auteur Makoto Shinkai's latest film Suzume opened in Japan last November and will make its debut in many international markets starting from April. It went on to surpass 9.63 million admissions and has taken 12.8 billion yen (roughly. 99 million USD) in 10 weeks,

Ahead of its debut, distributor Crunchyroll has revealed the cast of the English dubbed version of the film. The cast will be lead by Nichole Sakura  in the title role. The cast will also feature:

Josh Keaton as Souta
Jennifer Sun Bell as Tamaki
Joe Zieja as Serizawa
Rosalie Chang as Chika
Amanda C. Miller as Rumi
Mela Lee as Miki
Cam Clarke as Munakata

Bill Millsap is the English voice director. "I am so proud to be part of Makoto Shinkai’s visually gorgeous and deeply moving film," Sakura said. "It's a story set in modern times that beautifully weaves in elements of Japanese folklore and encompasses timeless themes of love and courage. Suzume herself is a young woman who can be vulnerable, silly, and childlike at times, but grows through discovering her own capacity to face the seemingly insurmountable.  She’s a female character I couldn’t be more proud to inhabit, and I hope everyone loves the film as much as I do."

Nichole is best known for Superstore, on which she played Cheyenne for six seasons. She has also appeared in a variety of movies and TV series including Please Don't Destroy, Maggie, Shameless and the US remake of BBC comedy Ghosts. She is not new to voice acting, having appeared in Star Wars Visions and voicing the lead role in the upcoming Disney Channel series Kiff.

Suzume screened in competition at the Berlinale Film Festival in February.

Crunchyroll will release the film theatrically worldwide (excluding Asia) in association with Sony Pictures Entertainment, Wild Bunch International and Eurozoom.

Suzume arrives in cinemas (and select IMAX locations) in both dubbed and subtitled formats in the US, Canada, the UK and Ireland on April 14, 2023. Tickets are on sale now.