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The Hillsboro-based animation studio has a new project coming together, and details are still emerging.

COURTESY PHOTO: LAIKA STUDIOS - Conceptual art for 'Wildwood,' the upcoming animation film from Hillsboro-based Laika Studios.

Laika, the Hillsboro animation studio that's made hits like "Coraline" and "Kubo and the Two Strings," has announced the voice cast for its newest feature film.

Carey Mulligan and Mahershala Ali top a celebrity cast that was announced by the studio on Thursday, Aug. 25. The new feature film project, announced last year, is titled "Wildwood."

Other celebrities tapped for the voice cast include Jacob Tremblay, Awkwafina, Angela Bassett, Jake Johnson, Charlie Day and Tom Waits.

"Wildwood" is based on a bestselling fantasy novel written by Colin Meloy, who is best known as the frontman for the folk-rock group The Decemberists.

The film is just one of a pair of new films that the studio is pursuing this year, the other being "The Night Gardener," which was announced earlier this year. That will be directed by Laika chief executive Travis Knight, based on a screenplay by "Ozark" creator Bill Dubuque.

The studio also announced last year that it is working on its first live-action film, titled "Seventeen," based on the upcoming novel of the same name written by John Brownlow.

Founded in 2005, Laika specializes in stop-motion animation, finding commercial success with films like "Coraline" (2009), "ParaNorman" (2012), "The Boxtrolls" (2014) and "Missing Link" (2019). All of these films, as well as "Kubo," were nominated for Academy Awards in the Best Animated Feature category.

The studio got its start by being the animation studio for 2005's "The Corpse Bride," directed by Tim Burton. Animators who went on to build Laika Studios got their start on director Henry Selick's stop-motion films "The Nightmare Before Christmas" (1993) and "James and the Giant Peach" (1996). The former was written by Burton.


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