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Arrietty U.S. Dub's Lead Actress Bridgit Mendler Named

posted on by Egan Loo

Frank Marshall, a producer of the North American dub and theatrical release of Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli's Ponyo film, revealed on his Twitter account on Friday that actress Bridgit Mendler is leading the American cast for Ghibli's latest film, Arrietty the Borrower. He noted that Mendler had already put in a full day of recording on Friday. Mendler stars in the Disney Channel series Good Luck Charlie, and she also played roles in Wizards of Waverly Place and Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel.

The movie adapted Mary Norton's 1952 fantasy novel The Borrowers about the "little people" — 10 centimeters (about 4 inches) tall — who live underneath the floorboards of a regular human family's house. Ghibli animator Hiromasa Yonebayashi made his directorial debut with the film, which was written by Miyazaki.

The film opened in Japan last July, and it was seen over 7.5 million times by October. Madman Entertainment already announced that it acquired the film for Australia.

[Via Slashfilm]

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