GKIDS Announces English-Language Voice Cast for Oscar Nominated Director Mamoru Hosoda’s “BELLE”

Belle-KV-560x830 GKIDS Announces English-Language Voice Cast for Oscar Nominated Director Mamoru Hosoda’s “BELLE”

Featuring the Voices of Chace Crawford, Manny Jacinto, Kylie Mcneill and Hunter Schafer

What You Need to Know:

  • GKIDS, the acclaimed producer and distributor of animation for adult and family audiences, has announced the English voice cast for Oscar®-nominated filmmaker Mamoru Hosoda’s latest feature BELLE.
  • The English language dubbed version of BELLE will feature the voices of Chace Crawford (“The Boys,” “Gossip Girl”), Manny Jacinto (“Nine Perfect Strangers,” “The Good Place”), and Hunter Schafer (“Euphoria”). In her first lead role, playing teenager Suzu and the titular virtual singer ‘Belle’ is Kylie McNeill, who also recorded English versions of the film’s soundtrack, which will be released on January 14th by Milan Records. The English language version of the film was produced by GKIDS and NYAV Post. The original music team, including Taisei Iwasaki, Takayuki Chiyo, and Ludvig Forssell additionally supervised the English language song adaptation in collaboration with GKIDS and NYAV Post.
  • Crawford is represented by Podwall Entertainment and CAA. Jacinto is represented by Alchemy Entertainment, CAA, Principals Talent & McKuin Frankel. McNeill is represented by Carson Adler. Schafer is represented by CAA, Untitled Entertainment, Viewpoint and Sloane, Offer, Weber & Dern.
  • BELLE opens theatrically and on IMAX screens in both its original Japanese language and all new English dubbed version on January 14th, 2022, with exclusive IMAX previews in select markets beginning January 12th, 2022. Tickets are on sale now at BelleFilm.com

    Justin - Chace Crawford

    Shinobu - Manny Jacinto

    Suzu/Belle - Kylie McNeill

    Ruka - Hunter Schafer

    Dragon - Paul Castro Jr.

    Gogo Doggo - David Chen

    Hiro - Jessica DiCicco

    Kamishin - Brandon Engman

    Hatanaka - Martha Harms

    Kita - Jessica Gee George

    Yoshitani - Barbara Goodson

    Angel - Bentley Griffin

    Jellinek - Andrew Kishino

    Nakai - Wendee Lee

    Suzu's Father - Ben Lepley

    Swan - Noelle McGrath

    Suzu's Mother - Julie Nathanson

    Fox - Aaron Phillips

    Okumoto - Ellyn Stern

    Reggsination - Frank Todaro

    Kei and Tomo's Father - Kiff VandenHeuvel

    Peggie Sue - Cristina Vee Valenzuela

    Additional Voices

    Tom Bromhead

    John Bentley

    Tiana Camacho

    SungWon Cho

    Courtney Chu

    Larissa Gallagher

    Heather Gonzalez

    Xanthe Huynh

    Anjali Kunapaneni


    Kyle McCarley

    Julie Nathanson

    Zeno Robinson

    Stephanie Sheh

    Michael Sinterniklaas

    Rachel Slotky

    Laura Stahl

  • BELLE is an original story written and helmed by celebrated director Mamoru Hosoda, whose previous films include Mirai, The Boy and the Beast, Wolf Children, Summer Wars, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time and others. Hosoda is joined by long time producing partner and Studio Chizu co-founder Yuichiro Saito, as producer on the title. BELLE made its critically acclaimed world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival and its North American premiere at the New York Film Festival. The film has also played in competition at the London Film Festival, Fantastic Fest, and Los Angeles’ Animation is Film festival, where the film was awarded the Special Jury Prize. GKIDS will qualify the film for 2021 awards consideration.
  • On BELLE, the Japanese creative team worked in collaboration with a roster of international talents. Character designer Jin Kim, the artist behind several iconic Disney features including Moana, Tangled, and Frozen, designed the titular Belle. Cartoon Saloon’s Oscar®-nominated Tomm Moore and Ross Stewart (Wolfwalkers, Song of the Sea, The Secret of Kells) also join the team, contributing artwork for the various virtual fantasy worlds within the film. Hosoda continues his film collaborations with architects, and is joined by up-and-coming British architect and designer Eric Wong, who designed the virtual world of “U.” Rounding out the team, composer Ludvig Forssell, best known for his collaborations with video game auteur Hideo Kojima (Death Stranding, Metal Gear Solid V), joined the score team for the film.
  • BELLE was released in theatres including IMAX screens in Japan starting July 16, 2021. Despite ongoing limited seating capacities and nationwide curfews, the film topped the box office for three consecutive weekends. The film marks Hosoda’s first title to have IMAX screenings, and played in 38 IMAX theatres throughout Japan. BELLE has crossed over 6.53 billion yen in box office to date, and has become Hosoda’s highest-grossing film ever, beating the lifetime gross of Boy and the Beast.
  • The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack to BELLE, featuring score music and original vocal tracks performed by the Japanese voice cast, was released in 2021 by Milan Records and is available everywhere now. Milan Records will also release an English language adaptation of the soundtrack on January 14, 2022 in collaboration with the original music team of Taisei Iwasaki, Takayuki Chiyo, and Ludvig Forssell and featuring Kylie McNeil as the voice of ‘Belle’.
  • BELLE Synopsis

    From the celebrated Academy Award®-nominated director Mamoru Hosoda and Studio Chizu, creators of Mirai, Wolf Children, Summer Wars, and more, comes a fantastical, heartfelt story of growing up in the age of social media.

    Suzu is a shy, everyday high school student living in a rural village. For years, she has only been a shadow of herself. But when she enters “U”, a massive virtual world, she escapes into her online persona as Belle, a gorgeous and globally-beloved singer. One day, her concert is interrupted by a monstrous creature chased by vigilantes. As their hunt escalates, Suzu embarks on an emotional and epic quest to uncover the identity of this mysterious “beast” and to discover her true self in a world where you can be anyone.

Source: Official Press Release

Belle-KV-560x830 GKIDS Announces English-Language Voice Cast for Oscar Nominated Director Mamoru Hosoda’s “BELLE”
That's a great English voice cast right there!
Belle-KV-560x830 GKIDS Announces English-Language Voice Cast for Oscar Nominated Director Mamoru Hosoda’s “BELLE”
Both language voice castings are amazing! I can't wait for this to come out!