There’s a Super Mario Bros animated movie on the way from Illumination Entertainment and Nintendo – and it has quite the voice cast attached.
Chris Pratt will be voicing Mario in the film, Anya Taylor-Joy will be the voice of Peach, and Charlie Day is on board to voice Luigi. The voice cast also includes Jack Black as Bowser, Keegan-Michael Key as Toad, Seth Rogen as Donkey Kong, Fred Armisen as Cranky Kong, Sebastian Maniscalco as Spike, and Kevin Michael Richardson as Kamek.
As announced during the Nintendo Direct presentation, the animated Super Mario Bros feature has been given a US release date of December 21st, 2022
On board to direct are Aaron Horvath and Michael Jelenic, the creators of Teen Titans Go! and writers of Teen Titans Go! to the Movies. Horvath co-directed the latter. The script is coming from Matthew Fogel, who previously co-wrote CG-animated films The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part and Minions: The Rise of Gru. The team includes Illumination founder Chris Meledandri and Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto as producers.
“Mario and Luigi are two of the most beloved heroes in all of popular culture,” Meledandri said in a statement, “We are honoured to have the unique opportunity to work so closely with Shigeru Miyamoto and the widely imaginative team at Nintendo to bring these characters to life in an animated movie, unlike any film Illumination has made to date.”
Said Miyamoto: “We are collaborating with Chris [Meledandri] 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, and allows everyone to enjoy whether or not they know about the game. The production so far is constructive and going very well, and both parties are learning a lot from each other. We humbly ask that fans wait just a little longer for the premiere, and we hope they look forward to seeing the unique characters from Super Mario Bros. on the big screen.”
This will be the first feature focused on the beloved video game character since 1993’s live-action film starring Bob Hoskins, John Leguizamo and Dennis Hopper. That film was… yeah, so it’s no wonder Nintendo has been keeping Hollywood adaptations at a distance for quite sometime now. Fingers crossed this is great!