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
- 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’.
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
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