Kacey Musgraves is set to make her voice-over acting debut next year, as part of the English-language cast of Earwig and the Witch. The animated film, from Japan’s heralded Studio Ghibli (Howl’s Moving Castle, Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro), was directed by Gorō Miyazaki (From Up on Poppy Hill) and is set for release in early 2021.
The six-time Grammy winner will join English-language castmates Richard E. Grant and Dan Stevens in the adaptation of Diana Wynne Jones’ children’s novel, which tells the tale of Earwig, a young girl who is forced to live with a selfish witch. Musgraves will not only voice the part of Earwig’s mother but will also perform the English version of the film’s theme song, “Don’t Disturb Me.”
My all-time biggest heart dream came true 🙏🏼♥️
Thank you @StudioGhibli for having me sing & voice a part in your new movie. Can’t wait for everybody to see this one. Coming early 2021 #EarwigandtheWitch #StudioGhibli pic.twitter.com/MgX6Ur7Rqz
— K A C E Y (@KaceyMusgraves) December 15, 2020
“My dad brought a VHS tape of Totoro home when I was about 9 and I’ll never forget the comfort and the magic that movie (and many other Ghibli films) have given me,” said Musgraves on social media. “My sister has always been my Mei and I’ve always been her Satsuki. To say this was a full-circle, bucket list moment is an understatement. Massive thanks to the entire Studio Ghibli team for having me be a small part of this beautiful new movie coming early 2021. I’m playing the witch I truly am.”
Earlier this month, Musgraves appeared in Troye Sivan’s re-imagined version of “Easy,” which also featured contributions from producer Mark Ronson. The duo previously collaborated on the holiday track, “Glittery,” off the soundtrack to Musgraves’ 2019 yuletide special, The Kacey Musgraves Christmas Show.
The country artist also performed in a variety of live-stream events over the year, including Global Citizen’s One World: Together at Home benefit, where she performed her song “Rainbow.” The artist also joined the likes of Margo Price, Sturgill Simpson, and Dan Auerbach on Picture Show: A Tribute Celebrating John Prine, where she celebrated the life and work of the late singer-songwriter.