Crunchyroll has announced that Nichole Sakura will star in Suzume releasing in theaters this month.
Official Suzume Press Release
As tickets go on sale for Makoto Shinkai’s highly anticipated film Suzume, Crunchyroll is delighted to reveal the full English dub cast, which will be led by Nichole Sakura (CBS Ghosts, NBC Superstore,” Disney+ Star Wars: Visions) as Suzume Iwato.
Other roles cast include:
- Josh Keaton as Souta
- Jennifer Sun Bell as Tamaki
- Joe Zieja as Serizawa
- Rosalie Chang as Chika
- Amanda C. Miller as Rumi
- Mela Lee as Miki
- Cam Clarke as Munakata
Bill Millsap is the English voice director.
The English dub version will debut – in addition to the original subtitle – in UK and Ireland cinemas on April 14, 2023.
“I am so proud to be part of Makoto Shinkai’s visually gorgeous and deeply moving film,” said Sakura. “It’s a story set in modern times that beautifully weaves in elements of Japanese folklore and encompasses timeless themes of love and courage. Suzume herself is a young woman who can be vulnerable, silly, and childlike at times, but grows through discovering her own capacity to face the seemingly insurmountable. She’s a female character I couldn’t be more proud to inhabit, and I hope everyone loves the film as much as I do.”
Nichole Sakura recently wrapped a leading role in the Universal feature Please Don’t Destroy and can be seen as one of the leads of the Hulu series, Maggie with Rebecca Rittenhouse from creators Maggie Mull and Justin Adler.
Previously, Nichole starred on NBC’s Superstore, where she starred for six seasons as Cheyenne. Nichole’s character also had a spin-off in development at NBC.
Nichole will voice one of the lead roles in The Disney Channel’s upcoming animated series KIFF.
Nichole also wrote and starred in the Funny or Die Sketch series #NICEGIRLS about girls who are a little too considerate. She has also appeared as a recurring character on the Showtime series Shameless as Amanda. Previous feature credits include: Project X; Man Up; and Teenage Cocktail, which premiered at SXSW.
Suzume hits cinemas this April on big screens globally and will be distributed by Crunchyroll, in partnership with Sony Pictures Entertainment, Wild Bunch International, Wild Bunch Germany, and Eurozoom (excluding Asia). Last May during the Cannes Film Festival, Crunchyroll acquired the international distribution and marketing rights (excluding Asia) from TOHO for the film produced by CoMix Wave Films and STORY inc.
Suzume debuted in Japan on November 11 and has now surpassed 9.63 million admissions. Suzume has also earned 12.8 billion yen (approx. 99 million USD) in 10 weeks.
Suzume will be distributed in the UK by Crunchyroll and Sony Pictures Entertainment:
Award-winning creator, writer and director Makoto Shinkai has been a visionary in the animation space for decades, with the most recent films being Your Name. (2016) and Weathering With You (2019), both of which have catapulted him as leading animation auteur with international viewers. Weathering With You was selected as Japan’s entry for the best international feature film category of the 2020 Academy Awards and nominated in four categories in the 47th annual Annie Awards including best animated independent feature.
Suzume is the story about a young girl traveling through various ruins across Japan while closing doors causing disaster.
On the other side of the door, was time in its entirety—
Suzume is a coming-of-age story for the 17-year-old protagonist, Suzume, set in various disaster-stricken locations across Japan, where she must close the doors causing devastation.
Suzume’s journey begins in a quiet town in Kyushu (located in southwestern Japan) when she encounters a young man who tells her, “I’m looking for a door.” What Suzume finds is a single weathered door standing upright in the midst of ruins as though it was shielded from whatever catastrophe struck. Seemingly drawn by its power, Suzume reaches for the knob… Doors begin to open one after another all across Japan, unleashing destruction upon any who are near. Suzume must close these portals to prevent further disaster.
—The stars, then sunset, and the morning sky.
Within that realm, it was as though all time had melted together in the sky…
Never-before-seen scenery, encounters and farewells… A myriad of challenges await her on her journey. Despite all the obstacles in her way, Suzume’s adventure shines a ray of hope upon our own struggles against the toughest roads of anxiety and constraints that make up everyday life. This story of closing doors that connect our past to the present and future will leave a lasting impression upon all of our hearts.
Drawn in by these mysterious doors, Suzume’s journey is about to begin.
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