Four months after animation Studio Ghibli announced its first feature film in 2014 would be an adaptation of Joan G. Robinson’s children novel, When Marnie Was There (Omoide no Marnie), they finally revealed the two female actresses to be cast in the film. This is the first time the studio will feature a film with two female lead characters and also an all-English theme song.
21-year old Kasumi Arimura and 16-year old Sara Takatsuki, no strangers to manga-related works, were chosen to play the lead heroines in their first ever Ghibli-produced project. Adding to a series of firsts, the new film will be the first time the studio uses an all-English theme song. The film will feature American artist Priscilla Ahn’s creation “Fine on the Outside”, a song written when she was still in high school, as the movie’s theme song. Most of the movies made by Ghibli, though some are adapted from the English language, use songs translated to Japanese as theme songs. Hiromasa Yonebayashi, the youngest director of Studio Ghibli will direct the first film of the studio since co-founder Hayao Miyazaki retired.
In Yonebayashi’s second film for the studio, the setting of the movie will be shifted to a Japanese village from the original’s Britain setting. Producer Yoshiaki Nishimura describes the film as a shift from the traditional “flawless hero saves the woman” and “the woman supports the troubled hero” themes. Following in the footsteps of Disney’s animated film, Frozen, Marnie will touch on when “the man doesn’t have to save the woman.” The original story is about a a young girl named Anna, sent away by her foster parents to the Norfolk countryside where she meets a mysterious girl named Marnie.
[via Rocket News 24]
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