“Kingdom Hearts 3” to Feature Original Voice Actor

Originating the lead character of the franchise, actor Hayley Joel Osment returns to voice Sora.


Tetsuya Nomura/Square-Enix

Tetsuya Nomura is both the creative director and character design artist of the “Kingdom Hearts” franchise. Having the latest entry closing out the current saga, the official cover art features most of the core characters of the series.

Jaime Aparicio, Science and Technology Editor

After a 13 year wait since the last numbered installment, the “Kingdom Hearts” franchise is finally having a proper sequel next Spring. Actor Hayley Joel Osment, now 30 years old, is confirmed to return to voice the main character Sora. Other main characters such as Riku and Kairi have yet to have their voice actors confirmed which David Gallagher and Hayden Panettiere originally voiced them respectively.

For those who are not aware of what the franchise consists of, “Kingdom Hearts” is a collaboration between Square-Enix and Disney characters. In a huge crossover spanning nine games, including the third installment, fans have eagerly awaited the latest entry since it’s announcement at E3 2013. Now with “Kingdom Hearts 3” nearing close to it’s Winter 2019 release, Square-Enix has officially announced the talent voicing the Disney characters featured in the game. Another Disney property that’s included in the game is “Big Hero 6” with the voice actors still yet to be announced.

Since Disney plays a huge role in the franchise, many were wondering if the original voice actors who provided the vocals for their respected characters would make a return. This seems to be the case with several actors coming back with new additions to the cast.

Returning Voice Actors Include:

Hayley Joel Osment – Sora

Tate Donovan – Hercules

Tony Anselmo – Donald Duck

Bill Farmer – Goofy

New Cast/Original Voice Actors:

Josh Gad – Olaf/Frozen

Kristen Bell – Anna/Frozen

Idina Menzel – Elsa/Frozen

Jonathan Groff – Kristoff/Frozen

Donna Murphy – Mother Gothel/Tangled

Zachary Levi – Flynn Rider/Tangled

John Ratzenberger – Hamm/Toy Story

Wallace Shawn – Rex/Toy Story

Kevin R. McNally – Gibbs/Pirates of the Caribbean

“Kingdom Hearts 3” will release January 29, 2019 on Xbox One and Playstation 4.