Illumination Studios and Universal Pictures have partnered with Nintendo and confirmed that Mario, Luigi, and the rest of the crew will hit the theaters on December 22, 2022. The announcement came as a big surprise at the Nintendo Direct event. Illumination and Nintendo have assembled a strong cast for their upcoming animated film Super Mario Bros., which hits theaters on December 21, 2022.
Chris Pratt takes the role of Mario in the upcoming ‘Super Mario Bros. animated film, which Nintendo revealed during its Nintendo Direct event on Thursday. Nintendo has revealed that Chris Pratt will play the iconic mustachioed plumber Mario in the forthcoming animated film based on the game franchise “Super Mario Bros. The news was a surprise from Nintendo.
Nintendo has announced that Chris Pratt will play Mario in the upcoming Super Mario Bros. animated film by Illumination Entertainment. The creator of the Super Mario franchise Shigeru Miyamoto revealed that the world-famous fictional Italian plumber will re-play the iconic Nintendo character Mario during a live event in order to announce the cast for their feature-length animated film based on the video game franchise. On Thursday at Nintendo Direct event, Nintendo announced that the actor Chris Pratt will play the world’s most famous fictional Italian plumber in a new animated film based on the franchise Super Mario games.
The cast for the upcoming Super Mario animated film includes Chris Pratt as Mario, Anya Taylor-Joy as Princess Peach, Charlie Day as Luigi, Keegan-Michael Key as Toad, and Jack Black as Bowser. Fred Armisen as Cranky Kong, Kevin Michael Richardson as Kamek, Sebastian Maniscalco as Spike, and a surprise cameo by original Super Mario character Charles Martinet round out the cast.
Nintendo is also bringing back longtime voice actor Charles Martinet and the rest of his cohorts in a series of games that fill out various cameos throughout the film. As Mario’s protagonist, Martinet has voiced the video game Dream Play more than 100 times since the early 1990s, often making surprising cameos. Fans may be disappointed that Martinet, a longtime spokesman for Mario, won’t be starring, but he will be the voice in a surprise movie in the film. It is unclear whether Charles Martinet, who over the years has provided the voices for Mario, Luigi, and Wario, will present a traditional or alternative version of Mario, unlike Pratt, or whether he will play something else.
The Super Mario Bros. Animated Film movie is heading to theaters in North America on 12/21/22!
Check out the voice cast for the upcoming movie below 👇 pic.twitter.com/Xj31P6hk6y
— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) September 23, 2021
The western social media went wild when Nintendo revealed that 42-year-old ‘Jurrasic World’ fame Chris Pratt will take on the role of the world-renowned plumber in the upcoming Super Mario Bros. movie. The ‘Tomorrow War’ star was announced on Thursday as Mario’s voice at the casting for the film, which was announced at Nintendo’s direct streaming event.
Chris Pratt’s Mario along with Charlie Day’s Luigi will play the role of Mario and Luigi, two Italian plumbers who were put into a world of enemies and dark fantasies in the popular Super Mario Bros game series. The cast includes Anya Taylor-Joy (Peach), Charlie Day (Luigi), Jack Black (Bowser), Keegan-Michael Key (Toad), Seth Rogen (Donkey Kong), Fred Armisen (Kamek), Sebastian Maniscalco (Spike), and Charles Martinet (who plays Mario, Luigi, Wario, and others in the video games). Martinet Mario has played Mario for over three decades in the Super Mario Bros. video game series and has also played other characters in classic Nintendo video games, including Mario’s brother Luigi.
During a live stream of Nintendo Direct, Illumination founder Chris Meledandri announced the cast and release date and said: “I am honored to have this unique opportunity to work together with Super Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto and the imaginative team at Nintendo Direct to bring these characters to life. Mario and Luigi are two of the most popular heroes in popular culture and we are honored by this opportunity to bring them to life in an animated film that Illumination continues to make today,” said MeledAndri, announcing the project with Nintendo. Nintendo is working with Chris and the team not only on a character license for the film but also on a new piece of entertainment that will bring these beloved heroes to life on the big screen and allow everyone to enjoy something they might not have known about the games before Shigeru.
While many have made tongue-in-cheek jokes about the lack of Italian-American representation among the actors voicing the characters in the forthcoming Super Mario Bros. animated film, this leads to a fantasy world in which Mario the plumber plays no part. Animated films are often used to cast talented dubbing actors but they are also often created with celebrities and A-listers to attract a bigger audience and star power, leading to the unexpected casting of a new voice for Super Mario as Chris Pratt will voice the title character. Nintendo and Super Mario have always kept the details of their collaboration a secret, but now they have updated fans with the official cast. Chris Pratt took to Instagram with a video and confirmed the news, saying that it was his childhood dream and he used to play a lot of arcades near his home when he was a child.