Today, Nintendo Direct is entirely dedicated to what is to come Super Mario Film gave us our first real look at the film, let us see what all the familiar characters will look like and, more importantly, let us hear how Chris Pratt sounds as Nintendo’s mustachioed hero. Everything is timed to coincide with Nintendo’s appearance at Comic-Con this year. And yes, Nintendo’s Miyamoto revealed the whole thing without trolling anyone this time.
Just a few days ago, Nintendo surprised the world with a small preview of the film, which only showed Mario from behind. Everyone started thinking about how weirdly flat Mario’s butt had gotten given his profession and his propensity for jumping
However, the actual trailer was surprisingly dramatic, with Bowser leading a large army of Koopas. For some reason, Bowser is shown attacking a kingdom of penguins, presumably on his way to drop a baby off a hill. And then Mario appears, and you guessed it, Chris Pratt sounds like… Chris Pratt. Everyone braced themselves for the worst, only to hear the world’s most fundamental performance from one of the most iconic figures of our modern era.
Who is in the Super Mario Bros. cast?
That Star cast of the film was first announced by Shigeru Miyamoto during the Nintendo Direct presentation last September. While some of the casting decisions revealed seem good or even great (Jack Black as Bowser!), many were stunned by the revelation that Mario himself would be voiced by Chris Pratt.
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If you need a cast refresher Mario movie, here is the list below:
- Chris Pratt will voice Mario
- Anya Taylor-Joy will voice Princess Peach
- Charlie Day will speak to Luigi
- Jack Black will play Bowser
- Keegan-Michael Key will voice Toad
- Seth Rogen will voice Donkey Kong
- Fred Armisen will voice Cranky Kong
- Kevin Michael Richardson will voice Kamek
- Sebastian Maniscalco will voice Spike
While casting Rogen as Mario’s original antagonist Donkey Kong and Charlie Day as Luigi makes some sense given their work, fans kept their metaphorical gems attached to the idea Guardians of the Galaxy Actor voicing the whistle-hopping plumber.
Though Charles Martinet, long the voice of Mario (not to mention Luigi, Wario, Waluigi, and others), won’t be lending his voice to any series character he’s voiced before, Miyamoto teased that he’d be making a surprise cameo in the film.
That Super Mario Film is produced by Nintendo in collaboration with Illumination Studios, the American animation studio behind films like The Lorax and the Despicable Me and minions Franchise. Miyamoto said that Nintendo worked closely with Illumination Studios throughout the whole thing.
“Our crew is full of Mario fanatics,” said Chris Meledandri, CEO of Illumination. Miyamoto also assured the audience that the cast also loved Mario games.
“It’s been a lifelong dream of mine to be Mario,” said Chris Pratt, who seemed very confused and almost melted during the show.
Jack Black, meanwhile, joked that he was cast to play Bowser. Honestly, he sounds Great in the role.
That Mario The film hits North American theaters on April 7, 2023. if it doesn’t slip again.