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How Star Wars: Visions Rounded Up The All-Star English Cast - Exclusive

Almost every one of the "Star Wars: Visions" shorts has at least one recognizable Hollywood voice lending their talent in service of the story. Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Neil Patrick Harris, Alison Brie, Bobby Moynihan, David Harbour, and Kyle Chandler all appear, and those are just some of the biggest names. Many of the other voice actors are prominent Asian performers, ranging from A-listers like Lucy Liu to elder statesmen like George Takei all the way to current hot tickets like Henry Golding. Quite the star studded group, especially for a series originally produced with Japanese voice actors.

It's easy to wonder what it's like gathering such an all-star cast, and we were fortunate enough to ask the right people how this all came together. Looper spoke with some of the creative team behind "Visions," including executive producer James Waugh. He broke down how they rounded up such a great cast, and made clear that the diverse casting was a deliberate choice on their end.

Subs and Dubs in a galaxy far, far away

Waugh emphasizes that "the original cast is definitely the Japanese cast. It was done in that form first." As for getting the English-speaking cast, "We worked very closely with Lucasfilm's casting department and Disney+." He confirms that he and his team sat in on the records while picking out actors. They also had certain goals in mind while casting. "There's certain talent that we wanted to go after, and we wanted to make sure it was a really diverse and representative cast as well. And I think we've hit that, but we were really inspired by what was done in the original version."

He also noted that their approach was based on another high level Disney employee's previous work with anime: "From an English perspective, it was very much done in the model that Kathy [Kennedy] did, working with Miyazaki, when she partnered with him to bring those West." Kennedy has run Lucasfilm since Disney acquired it, and thus has played a central role in the development of the "Star Wars" franchise analogous in scope to Kevin Feige's role with the MCU. She also produced the English versions of multiple Studio Ghibli films, so she was uniquely qualified to guide the "Visions" project.

"Star Wars: Visions" is now streaming on Disney+.