If you put Kate Winslet and Jim Broadbent in a movie, you’re probably on to a good thing. The two British acting luminaries are ser to be part of the English voice cast for Mary And The Witch’s Flower, alongside Ewen Bremner, Louis Ashbourne Serkis, Lynda Baron, Rasmus Hardiker, Teresa Gallagher and Morwenna Banks. Ruby Barnhill (The BFG) will be titular Mary, according to Deadline.
The film is the first movie from Japanese animation house Studio Ponoc, formed by former Studio Ghibli producer Yoshiaki Nishimura, alongside director Hiromasa ‘Maro’ Yonebayashi (Arrietty). The film iself is about ‘the surprising adventures of Mary in a school of magic that is not quite what it seems’.
The film follows the Ghibli approach of taking inspiration from European stories, as the movie is based on the 1971 novel by Mary Stewart, The Little Broomstick.