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Joseph Gordon-Levitt is Voicing 'Wind Rises' + 'Sandman' Confirmed

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December 16, 2013

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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?

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  • croniccris
    dayyyyum that's dope! I'm looking forward to him playing morpheus!
  • Fidel Reyes
    Hell yeah!
  • nate
    Wow! Can't wait for Sandman.
  • jsmith0552
    It's amazing how some actors just have the fan trust that they can pull it off. I'm totally down for a Sandman adaptation with JGL involved; now I wonder who they'll get to be Death?
  • Scopedog
    Nice, good for Joseph Gordon-Levitt. While the SANDMAN adaptation is in the future, it's also nice to see that he'll be (or rather, his voice!) in THE WIND RISES, which has an excellent cast. I mean, Werner Herzog? Now that's amazing!
  • Marsius
    If Sandman is to be adapted into anything it should at least be a mini-series. A full film will take away too much. There goes another great comic series.
    • thewho
      They could make it a multi-film series, as Harry Potter was.

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