Joseph Gordon-Levitt is Voicing 'Wind Rises' + 'Sandman' Confirmed
by Ethan Anderton
December 16, 2013
Here's a double dose of news involving Joseph Gordon-Levitt for you. First of all, after hearing that the star and director of Don Jon was somehow involved in Man of Steel and The Dark Knight trilogy writer David Goyer's pitch to bring Neil Gaiman's Sandman to the big screen, we now have confirmation as to what he'll be doing on the adaptation. Deadline reports Gordon-Levitt is finalizing a deal to produce the film and also attached him to the project as the lead. In addition, the actor also hopes to turn the project into his sophomore directing effort, but that sounds like a less certain part of the deal. But that's not all for JGL.
We know that Hayao Miyazaki's final film, The Wind Rises, is hitting United States theaters (after an initial awards qualifying run last month for just one week) on February 21st, but we hadn't yet heard who would provide the dubbed voices for the foreign animated film. Now USA Today has revealed that Gordon-Levitt will lead the cast as Jiro Horikoshi, a talented engineer who spends his life building planes, only to realize he can’t fix everything. He will be joined by his Looper co-star Emily Blunt along with her husband John Krasinski ("The Office") and John Krasinski and Martin Short, Stanley Tucci, Mandy Patinkin, William H. Macy, Mae Whitman, Jennifer Grey, Darren Criss, Elijah Wood, Ronan Farrow and, wait for it, Werner Herzog. Not a bad cast for the dubbed version at all. Cool?