The English voice cast is set for the dub of ‘The Wind Rises’ (風立ちぬ, Kaze Tachinu), the animated film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki (My Neighbor Totoro, Spirited Away, Ponyo). The film is slated for limited release in North American theaters on February 21st, and expanded release on February 28th, under the Touchstone Pictures banner. ‘The Wind Rises’ is said to be the final film directed by the retiring legendary filmmaker. Expect word on the film’s UK release shortly.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt will play the main protagonist Jiro Horikoshi. Emily Blunt plays Jiro’s love interest, Nahoko Satomi. John Krasinski voices Honjo, Jiro’s college pal and fellow aviation engineer. Martin Short plays Jiro’s grumpy boss, Kurokawa. Stanley Tucci voices Caproni, an Italian airplane creator. Mandy Patinkin plays Hattori, senior designer at Mitsubishi. William H. Macy plays Satomi, Nahoko’s father. Werner Herzog provides the voice for the mysterious Castorp. Mae Whitman voices Kayo, Jiro’s younger sister, as well as Kinu, Nahoko’s caretaker. Jennifer Grey plays Mrs. Kurokawa. Darren Criss voices Katayama, one of Jiro’s engineering colleagues. Elijah Wood plays Sone, another of Jiro’s colleagues. And lastly, Ronan Farrow voices a Mitsubishi employee.

In ‘The Wind Rises,’ Jiro – inspired by the famous Italian aeronautical designer Caproni – dreams of flying and designing beautiful airplanes. Nearsighted from a young age and thus unable to become a pilot, Jiro joins the aircraft division of a major Japanese engineering company in 1927. His genius is soon recognized, and he grows to become one of the world’s most accomplished airplane designers. The film chronicles much of his life, and depicts key historical events that deeply affected the course of Jiro’s life, including the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923, the Great Depression, the tuberculosis epidemic and Japan’s plunge into war. He meets and falls in love with Nahoko, and grows and cherishes his friendship with his colleague Honjo. A tremendous innovator, Jiro leads the aviation world into the future. Miyazaki pays tribute to engineer Jiro Horikoshi and author Tatsuo Hori in his creation of the fictional character Jiro – the center of the epic tale of love, perseverance, and the challenges of living and making choices in a turbulent world.