Credit: Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions Photo: Darren Criss at the Tony's in New York CIty on June 9, 2013

With Glee Season 6 not likely to start filming until September, the cast has some unexpected extra time on their hands, and Darren Criss (Blaine) is just one of the show’s many stars making the most of his extended break.

What’s Darren doing in his downtime, you ask? Per Deadline, the 27-year-old actor was just added to the voice cast of Tale of the Princess Kaguya. The animated flick from Studio Ghibli — the company co-founded by Japan animation icons, Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata — stars Chloe Grace Moretz in the titular role. It also features the likes of James Caan, Mary Steenburgen, Lucy Liu, Beau Bridges, James Marsden, Oliver Platt, and Dean Cain.

Kaguya, which was released in Japan back in November, is based on the an ancient Japanese folk story, Tale of the Bamboo Cutter. The plot is as follows:


Found inside a shining stalk of bamboo, a tiny girl grows into an exquisite young lady, raised by an old bamboo cutter and his wife. From the countryside to the grand capital city, even unseen she enthralls all who encounter her, including five noble suitors. Ultimately, she must face her secret fate.

The English-language version of Kaguya is slated to be released in the U.S. in October, and GKIDS, the indie distributor, which has had four Best Animated Feature Oscar nominations since 2010, will distribute the feature. Studio Ghibli and Geoffrey Wexler are producing the film, with Frank Marshall of Kennedy/Marshall executive producing.

What do you think of Darren’s latest project? Do you think Kaguya has a shot at winning an Oscar? Sound off below!