'MFKZ': GKIDS announces stellar English voice cast for the animated film
MFKZ revolves around Angelino and his skull-and-flame pal Vinz, who live in a seedy tenement in an L.A.-inspired dystopian metropolis
GKIDS, the acclaimed producer and distributor of animation for adult and family audiences, has finally unveiled the English voice cast for 'MFKZ'! Released under the name 'Mutafukaz' in international territories, MFKZ is a collaborative effort by French comic artist Guillaume 'Run' Renard, original creator of the 'Mutafukaz' comic series, and ultra-hip Japanese animation house Studio 4°C, creators of the acclaimed anime features 'Tekkonkinkreet', 'Genius Party', and 'Mind Game'.
The French/Japanese film is set to feature voices in the English version by reputed stars like Michael Chiklis ('The Shield', 'American Horror Story'), Giancarlo Esposito ('Breaking Bad', 'The Usual Suspects'), Jorge Gutierrez ('The Book of Life', 'Son of Jaguar'), Dascha Polanco ('Orange is the New Black', 'Joy'), RZA, Vince Staples, and Danny Trejo ('Machete', 'Predators').
The 'Tekkonkinkreet' dream team of co-director Shojiro Nishimi and art director Shinji Kimura reunite to bring to life MFKZ, a dark but stunningly animated sci-fi vision mélange of anime, film noir, and Lucha Libre (term used in Mexico for professional wrestling), which made its world premiere at the 2017 Annecy International Film Festival.
Presented by GKIDS and Fathom Events, MFKZ debuts in U.S. cinemas on Thursday, October 11, at 7 p.m. (local time) with an encore on Tuesday, October 16, at 7 p.m. (local time). Both showings are dubbed in English. The film will also receive a limited theatrical release by GKIDS starting Friday, October 12. Tickets for MFKZ are available now at www.MFKZmovie.com or at participating box offices.
MFKZ centers on young Angelino and his skull-and-flame pal Vinz, who live in a seedy tenement in an L.A.-inspired dystopian metropolis - a burnt-out, gang-and-cockroach-ridden, neo-urban hell. Following a scooter accident, Angelino starts experiencing migraines, strange hallucinations and fits of rage-inspired superpowers, as he slowly awakens to the truth of his origins: he is half human and half macho, a supernatural alien race that is bent on taking over the planet.
GKIDS and Fathom Events partnered earlier to present the US premieres of 'Fireworks' and 'The Night is Short, Walk On Girl', and are set to present Satoshi Kon's 'Perfect Blue' in cinemas on September 6 and 10.
"We are super excited to be working with Studio 4°C and Ankama to release MFKZ in North America," GKIDS Founder and CEO Eric Beckman said. "This is a blistering, genre-breaking animated film for adults, unlike anything that has come before. We are thrilled with the voice cast and can't wait to share this film with audiences on October 11th."
Fathom Events CEO Ray Nutt said: "Anime fans should be prepared for a wild ride with MFKZ. This exciting animated feature is yet another high-point of our ongoing partnership with GKIDS."