Laika plans to follow up this year's Boxtrolls with Kubo and the Two Strings.
The animation studio behind Coraline and ParaNorman announced the new film will feature the voice talent of Matthew McConaughey, Charlize Theron, Rooney Mara, Ralph Fiennes and Brenda Vaccaro, with Game of Thrones' Art Parkinson in the lead.
Coraline and ParaNorman lead animator Travis Knight is directing based on a script by Marc Haimes (The Last Word) and Chris Butler (ParaNorman). Laika describes the story as "a sweeping, swashbuckling adventure set in a mythical ancient Japan." Here's a more detailed description:
In the epic fantasy, scruffy, kindhearted Kubo ekes out a humble living while devotedly caring for his mother in their sleepy shore-side village. It is a quiet existence – until a spirit from the past catches up with him to enforce an age-old vendetta. Suddenly on the run from gods and monsters, Kubo’s chance for survival rests on finding the magical suit of armor once worn by his fallen father, the greatest samurai the world has ever known. Summoning courage, Kubo embarks on a thrilling odyssey as he faces his family’s history, navigates the elements and bravely fights for the earth and the stars.
Kubo and the Two Strings will hit theaters on Aug. 19, 2016.