Everything We Know About Chris Pratt's Super Mario Movie – Screen Rant

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The Super Mario Bros. movie is official. The computer animated feature has a cast & a release date. Here’s everything to know about the upcoming film.
Super Mario, the popular and enduring video game character, is getting a new computer animated film — here’s everything to know about it. First announced in 2018, the Super Mario movie is a collaboration between Nintendo, Illumination, and Universal. While the film does not yet have an official title, it has already assembled a voice cast and is currently in production.
Mario and his brother, Luigi, have long been staples of video games. Created by Shigeru Miyamoto, Mario made his initial debut in 1981’s Donkey Kong before featuring in 1983’s Mario Bros. Since then, the Super Mario franchise has expanded, including several games such as Mario Kart and Super Mario Bros. The first live-action film to feature Mario and Luigi was released in 1993 and starred Bob Hoskins as Mario and John Leguizamo as Luigi, with the plot following the brothers as they work to rescue Princess Daisy from King Koopa.
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Directed by Aaron Horvath and Michael Jelenic from a screenplay by Matthew Fogel, the new Super Mario movie will see Chris Pratt, best known as Star-Lord in the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Guardians of the Galaxy and the TV series Parks and Recreation, voicing the titular character. When the news broke, there was some backlash regarding Pratt’s casting, while others were in support of it or were only interested in making fun memes about the news. The Super Mario movie is still a ways down the road, but with the film in production, here is a full breakdown of the cast, plot and release date.
Chris Pratt is the lead as Mario, but he’s joined by a plethora of other well-known actors in the Super Mario movie. Anya Taylor-Joy will voice Princess Peach, who is the famed princess Mario and Luigi fight to save in the video game. Meanwhile, Charlie Day is set to voice Mario’s brother Luigi, with Jack Black portraying the villain Bowser, the primary antagonist of Mario. Joining these actors are Michael Keegan-Key as Toad, a humanoid character with a mushroom resting on top of his head, Fred Armisen as Cranky Kong, and Seth Rogan as Donkey Kong, whose presence unites two Nintendo franchises, Kevin Michael Richardson as Kamek, and Sebastian Maniscalco as Spike. And while Charles Martinet, who has voiced Mario for a long time in the video games, mentioned it would be a dream to reprise the role of Mario for the computer animated film, he will instead appear in a cameo role.
The plot of the Super Mario movie is still under wraps and next to nothing is actually known about what the story will entail. The film is so secretive that plot details were even kept from the voice cast, with Charlie Day noting that he had to record his lines in various ways because he didn’t know what was happening in the story. Day compared the film’s plot secrecy to that of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. That said, it’s possible the Super Mario movie will follow the same plotline as the video game, in which Mario and Luigi must fight through the Mushroom Kingdom to save Princess Peach. There might be deviations from the primary game, but Super Mario Bros. will likely keep to its premise as much as possible while also ensuring that the movie adaptation fits the medium it’s being made for.
Super Mario Bros. was originally scheduled to release on December 21, 2022. However, Universal ultimately shifted the film’s release date and it will now debut in theaters on April 7. 2023. The film’s previous December 2022 release date will now be for Puss in Boots: The Last Wish. In addition to releasing in theaters in the spring of 2023, Super Mario Bros. will be available to stream on Peacock 45 days after its theatrical run. If the film proves to be successful, there’s potential to grow a franchise based on the Super Mario universe.
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Mae Abdulbaki is a movie reviews editor with Screen Rant. She previously wrote about a variety of movies and TV shows for Inverse, CinemaBlend, Pajiba, and The Young Folks, where she wrote reviews, features, news pieces. Her other work can be found at The Mary Sue, Film School Rejects, UPROXX, Heroic Hollywood, Looper, The List, and Bam Smack Pow, among others. Mae has also appeared on television segments, podcasts, and panels to discuss all things entertainment.

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