The voice cast for the highly anticipated animated feature “Kensuke’s Kingdom” has been unveiled. The film, based on Michael Morpurgo’s acclaimed work of the same name, will showcase the talent of Ken Watanabe and Cillian Murphy in leading roles. The reveal comes with the release of a captivating clip, providing viewers with a sneak peek into the film. “Kensuke’s Kingdom” is set to premiere at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival this weekend.
Ken Watanabe and Cillian Murphy take on Key Roles
The hand-drawn animated feature “Kensuke’s Kingdom” will be headlined by two accomplished actors, Ken Watanabe and Cillian Murphy. Known for his roles in “Tokyo Vice” and “Godzilla: King of Monsters,” Watanabe lends his voice to the title character, Kensuke. He brings to life the character of a hostile and elderly Japanese soldier. Murphy, recognized for his performances in “Peaky Blinders” and “Inception,” will voice the father of the young protagonist. Sally Hawkins, known for her work in “The Shape of Water,” will voice the role of the protagonist’s mother. Additionally, Raffey Cassidy will make an appearance in the film as a character named Becky.
Introducing Aaron MacGregor as the Protagonist
“Kensuke’s Kingdom” presents an opportunity for a budding actor, Aaron MacGregor, who takes on the role of the main protagonist, Michael. MacGregor, known for his previous acting credits such as “Princess Mirror-Belle” and a minor role in “Outlander,” voices the young boy who finds himself stranded on Kensuke’s remote island along with his faithful dog.
A Glimpse into the Animation:
The recently shared clip offers a tantalizing glimpse into the world of “Kensuke’s Kingdom.” Audiences are treated to the animated character of Michael as he embarks on exploring his newfound deserted island home. From navigating slippery rocks with caution to following his loyal dog to a mysterious cave, the clip sets the stage for the young protagonist’s captivating adventure. Furthermore, viewers catch a glimpse of Ken Watanabe’s character, seen peacefully seated by a waterfall, offering fruits to the island’s resident orangutans.
Synopsis of “Kensuke’s Kingdom”:
“Kensuke’s Kingdom,” directed by Neil Boyle and Kirk Hendry, delves into the story woven by Michael Morpurgo. The film narrates the extraordinary encounter between a young boy, Michael, and an elderly Japanese soldier, Kensuke, who sought solace on the island after World War II. As their paths intertwine, an unforgettable tale unfolds, showcasing the complexities of their relationship against the backdrop of a remote and mysterious island. The film features the creative talents of Emmy Award-winning producers Camilla Deakin and Ruth Fielding, who joined forces with Lupus Films to bring this enchanting story to life. The project also boasts a stellar lineup of executive producers and contributors, including Stephan Roelants, Sarah Radclyffe, Barnaby Spurrier, Adrian Politowski, Martin Metz, Jean Labadie, Anne-Laure Labadie, Nadia Khamlichi, Sierra Garcia, Bill Godfrey, Nick Miller, Tim Morris, Courtney Pledger, Sam Wright, Stephen Kelliher, Natascha Wharton, Kim Warner, and Bizzy Day.