Laika announced today its fourth feature film Kubo and the Two Strings. The film will mark the directorial debut of animator Travis Knight, who is also the CEO of Laika and son of the studio’s owner Phil Knight. The studio has previously made Coraline (2009), ParaNorman (2012), and this year’s The Boxtrolls.
Based on an original screenplay by Marc Haimes and Chris Butler (ParaNorman), the film is set in a mythical ancient Japan. It will be produced using the same mix of stop motion and CGI that was used on the studio’s most recent film The Boxtrolls. Voice cast includes Matthew McConaughey, Charlize Theron, Rooney Mara, Ralph Fiennes, and Brenda Vaccaro; the title character of Kubo will be voiced by Art Parkinson (Game of Thrones).