Hello Kitty film on the way

Hello Kitty waving.
Hello Kitty. Photo credit: Getty

One of Japan's most beloved cartoon characters is headed for Hollywood.

Hello Kitty is set to star in a movie after nearly five years of talks to secure the film rights.

"I am extremely pleased that Hello Kitty and other popular Sanrio characters will be making their Hollywood debut," said Shintaro Tsujic, the founder of the company that owns Hello Kitty.

There's no word yet on whether the cat will talk, she has always been drawn without a mouth.

"We have some pretty exciting ideas about Kitty, who always speaks from her heart," producer Beau Flynn told the New York Times.

The deal with New Line Cinema also includes the rights to 20 other characters from the same cartoon creator.

There has been no announcement about a release date for the film, and nobody has been hired to begin writing a script.