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‘Poppy Hill’ sets high-profile voices

GKids taps English-language voice cast for Japanese animated title

GKids has tapped the English-language voice cast for Japanese animated title “Up on Poppy Hill” including Gillian Anderson, Jamie Lee Curtis, Bruce Dern, Christina Hendricks, Ron Howard, Chris Noth, Aubrey Plaza and Anton Yelchin.

Other voice cast include Sarah Bolger, Beau Bridges, Jeff Dunham, Isabelle Fuhrman, Emily Osment, Charles Saxton and Alex Wolff.

GKids announced the acquisition in June at France’s Annecy Animation Film Festival, disclosing plans to for a qualifying Oscar run and a March release. Hayao Miyazaki (“Castle in the Sky,” “Spirited Away”) wrote the screenplay and his son, Goro Miyazaki, directed.

“Poppy Hills” is set in 1963 Yokohama and centers on a pair of high school students who are battling the demolition of a historic building as they deal with their own families’ past secrets. “Poppy Hill” was the highest-grossing Japanese film of 2011 at $56 million.

GKids titles “A Cat in Paris” and “Chico and Rita” received Oscar nominations this year.

Gary Rydstrom directed the English-language version from a script adaptation by Karey Kirkpatrick. Frank Marshall and Kathleen Kennedy exec produced.

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