Spirited Away is getting a stage-play adaptation and will debut in Tokyo in February.
Spirited Away is returning, but not the way we would have expected. The super-popular Studio Ghibli film is being turned into a stage-play and will debut in theatres next year.
Les Misérables theatre director John Caird will be joining forces with Toho Co. Ltd on the project.
In an interview with NME, Caird expressed just how excited he was to be a part of the stage play. He said:
I feel so excited and privileged to be working on the first ever stage adaptation of Spirited Away. I have for many years now regarded Hayao Miyazaki as one of the preeminent geniuses of world cinema and the greatest ever proponent of the anime form.
I share a belief in all the most dominant themes of Miyazaki’s work, themes that are at the core of the Spirited Away world – care for the environment, reverence for nature, a belief in the force of the good spirits within us, and the empowerment of young women and men to change the world for the better.
The stage play's cast was announced last week, and according to Tokyo Otkau Mode News, it goes a little like this.
Kotaro Daigo and Hiroki Miura will play Haku.
Koharu Sugawara and Tomohiko Tsujimoto will play No Face..
Miyu Sakihi and Fu Hinami will play Lin,
Tomorowo Taguchi and Satoshi Hashimoto will play Kamaji.
Mari Natsuki (the original voice of Yubaba) and Romi Park will play Yubaba.
Kanna Hashimoto and Mone Kamishiraishi will play Chihiro.
The stage-play is set to debut in Tokyo in February and will tour through Osaka, Fukuoka, Sapporo, and Nagoya.
Spirited Away premiered in 2001 and follows a 10-year-old girl who finds herself in a strange and mystical world run by gods, witches, and spirits.
Hayao Miyazaki was the director of the original film and stars the talents of Rumi Hiiragi, Miyu Irino, Mari Natsuki, Takeshi Naito, Yasuko Sawaguchi, Tsunehiko Kamijō, Takehiko Ono, and Bunta Sugawara.