WHEN MARNIE WAS THERE Sets American Voice Cast, Summer Release Date

     March 5, 2015


GKIDS, the award winning-animation studio, has announced the American voice cast for the highly anticipated Studio Ghibli film When Marnie Was There. From from director Hiromasa Yonebayashi (The Secret World of Arrietty), When Marnie Was There is based on the British children’s novel by Joan G. Robinson about a young girl, Anna, who befriends a mysterious girl, Marnie, when she relocates from the city to a small town. But as Anna grows closer to her new friend, she realizes Marnie is hiding some strange truths.

Hailee Steinfeld has joined the voice cast as Anna with Kiernan Shipka filling the role of Marnie. John C. Reilly, Vanessa Williams, Geena DavisKathy Bates, Ellen Burstyn and Catherine O’Hara round out the voice cast. When Marnie Was There opens in NY and LA theaters May 22nd, before expanding nationally in the following weeks.

when-marnie-was-thereHere’s the official synopsis and full cast list.

Sent from her foster home in the city one summer to a sleepy town by the sea in Hokkaido, Anna dreams her days away among the marshes.  She believes she’s outside the invisible magic circle to which most people belong – and shuts herself off from everyone around her, wearing her “ordinary face.”  Anna never expected to meet a friend like Marnie, who does not judge Anna for being just what she is.  But no sooner has Anna learned the loveliness of friendship than she begins to wonder about her newfound friend…

Based on the novel by Joan G. Robinson, When Marnie WasThere is the newest film from Studio Ghibli, and the second feature film by Hiromasa Yonebayashi, the director of The Secret World of Arrietty.


Anna Sasaki – Hailee Steinfeld

Marnie – Kiernan Shipka

Setsu Oiwa – Grey Griffin

Kiyomasa Oiwa – John C. Reilly

Hisako – Vanessa Williams

Yoriko – Geena Davis

Sayaka – Ava Acres

Nobuko – Raini Rodriguez

Mrs. Kadoya – Kathy Bates

Nan – Ellen Burstyn

Older Woman – Catherine O’Hara


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