Nintendo unveils cast and release date of Super Mario Bros. animated movie
By Bob Garcia
Nintendo of America announced that the Super Mario Bros. animated film is coming to theaters in time for next year’s holiday season. The gaming giant revealed the December 21, 2022 release date in a tweet, which also brought the all-star cast of voice actors to light. The movie is being made by Chris Meledandri’s Illumination label, which is best known for Despicable Me, and will be released through Universal Pictures, which is co-financing the project with Nintendo.
Chris Pratt of Guardians of the Galaxy fame will star as Mario and the Queen’s Gambit’s Anya Taylor-Joy will take on the role of Princess Peach. Other cast members include It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’s Charlie Day as Luigi, Jack Black as Bowser, Keegan-Michael Key as Toad, Seth Rogen as Donkey Kong, SNL alum Fred Armisen as Cranky Kong, Kevin Michael Richardson as Kamek, and Sebastian Maniscalco as Spike. Nintendo also noted that there will be surprise cameos from Charles Martinet, who has voiced Mario since the 1990s.
Speaking about casting Chris Pratt, Mario creator and representative director Shigeru Miyamoto remarked, “We are collaborating with Chris and his experienced team to not just create a character licensed film, but a new piece of entertainment which brings Super Mario Bros. to life on the screen.”
In an Instagram post, Pratt could not contain his excitement. Not only did he proclaim his love for the Super Mario Bros. video game, but he confessed to stealing quarters from a wishing well to play the game as a child.