Posted on Wednesday, January 14th, 2015 by Russ Fischer
We don’t have to wait too long to see Studio Ghibli’s latest film in the US. When Marnie Was There, which premiered in Japan last summer, has been acquired by GKIDS, the same label that released The Tale of the Princess Kaguya and From Up on Poppy Hill. The When Marnie Was There US release date is broadly set for Spring 2015. Revisit the trailer below.
The film, written and directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi (The Secret World of Arrietty), is based on a children’s novel by Joan G. Robinson, and follows a young girl named Anna who makes her first real friend in the form of a mysterious girl named Marnie, who is connected to a forbidding, seemingly abandoned house.
The Wrap reports that GKIDS has “acquired all theatrical, non-theatrical, home video and television rights” for the film in North America and that “an English-language version is being produced by Studio Ghibli and Geoffrey Wexler.” We don’t know the English-language voice cast at this point.
In case you missed it last year, here’s the trailer again, with English subs.
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