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Laika’s Next Film ‘Kubo & The Two Strings’ Set In Ancient Japan; Matthew McConaughey, Charlize Theron Among Voice Cast

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LAIKA and Focus Features, the two companies behind the Academy Award-nominated ‘Coraline’ and ‘ParaNorman’ and the current Critics’ Choice and Golden Globe Award-nominated release ‘The Boxtrolls,’ today announced production on their fourth collaboration, ‘Kubo and the Two Strings.’ LAIKA President and CEO Travis Knight and Focus CEO Peter Schlessel made the announcement today. Knight, an Annie Award-winning animator, is making his directorial debut on ‘Kubo and the Two Strings.’

The new movie, from an original screenplay by Marc Haimes and Chris Butler (ParaNorman) is a sweeping, swashbuckling adventure set in a mythical ancient Japan. It is being brought to life at LAIKA’s Oregon studios via the company’s innovative 3D stop-motion and CG hybrid technique. In addition to directing, Knight is producing ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’ with Arianne Sutner (ParaNorman). The all-star voice cast includes Academy Award winners Matthew McConaughey and Charlize Theron; Academy Award nominees Rooney Mara, Ralph Fiennes, and Brenda Vaccaro; and Art Parkinson, who plays Rickon Stark on ‘Game of Thrones’ and who is providing the voice for the title character of Kubo.

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