Ashitaka’s main obstacle to fulfilling his mission comes in the form of Lady Eboshi, a bold, aggressive industrialist who is willing to destroy the forest in order to keep her iron works and beloved people prospering. Lady Eboshi is played by Academy Award nominee Minnie Driver, who also recently provided the voice of Jane in “Tarzan and Jane.” Driver, too, was drawn by Miyazaki’s inimitable style. “The film is so mystical, the animation has so much depth and weight. I was blown away by it,” she states. “One of the things that really interested me is that Moro and San and Lady Eboshi are all very strong, very focused woman characters who believe in something and that is rare.”