In a first for Oscar-winning filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki, one of his masterpiece works will be adapted into a Kabuki play featuring a cast of young popular actors.

His highly acclaimed film “Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind” is headed for the traditional Japanese stage in December next year.

Shochiku Co., a Japanese entertainment production company that owns major Kabuki theaters, announced the project on Dec 12.

Onoe Kikunosuke will play the protagonist, Nausicaa, who lives in the valley of the wind. Nakamura Shichinosuke will portray the antagonist, Princess Kushana of an allied nation, Tolmekia.

The supporting cast will include Onoe Matsuya, Bando Minosuke and Onoe Ukon. Keiko Niwa, who has worked with Miyazaki on films such as “The Secret World of Arrietty,” will write the script. The stage producer is G2.

The Kabuki version of "Nausicaa" will open at Tokyo’s Shinbashi Enbujo theater next December.

Miyazaki, who co-founded Studio Ghibli and has created classic animated films including “Totoro” and “Spirited Away,” has a long list of accolades.

Recently, the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles announced that Miyazaki will be the main feature of its inaugural exhibitions.

“Nausicaa” was a popular manga series, first published in 1982 and continued for 12 years. It is the story of a young girl, Nausicaa, caught in the crossfire in a war-torn, contaminated world where civilization has been destroyed, seeking ways for all lives to survive.

Miyazaki wrote the seven-volume manga, and created an animated film in 1984, which does not cover all the storylines from the manga. The Kabuki version will be divided into two parts, with the first half to be performed in the matinee and the second half in the evening.

“I think it is interesting that the Nausicaa story will be adapted into a classical Kabuki play,” Toshio Suzuki of Studio Ghibli, who produced the film version of "Nausicaa" with Miyazaki, said in a statement. “I look forward to seeing how it turns out. I will enjoy the play as a member of the audience.”

In recent years, the popular manga series “One Piece” and “Naruto” have been adapted for the Kabuki stage.