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‘Only Yesterday’ English Version With ‘Star Wars’ Actor Daisy Ridley Nabbed by GKids

GKids has acquired North American rights from Studio Ghibli for Isao Takahata’s “Only Yesterday.”

The English-language version is voiced by Daisy Ridley (“Star Wars: The Force Awakens”), Dev Patel, Ashley Eckstein (“Star Wars Rebels”) and Alison Fernandez (“Orange Is the New Black”). The movie will be released early next year to coincide with the film’s 25th anniversary.

“With this 25th anniversary release, a broad new audience will now be able to discover what passionate supporters have known for years,” said David Jesteadt of GKids. “‘Only Yesterday’ is a groundbreaking classic and further demonstration of Isao Takahata’s incredible legacy as a filmmaker.”

GKids and Studio Ghibli previously partnered on “When Marnie Was There,” “The Tale of the Princess Kaguya,” “The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness” and “From Up on Poppy Hill.” It also handles North American theatrical distribution for Studio Ghibli’s library of films, including “Spirited Away,” “Howl’s Moving Castle” and “Princess Mononoke.”

“Only Yesterday” centers on a 27-year-old unmarried woman in Tokyo. While traveling by train to visit family in the country, she experiences a flood of memories about her days as a schoolgirl in 1966, causing her to question whether she has been true to herself.

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