Chris Pratt and Anya Taylor leads ‘Super Mario Bros’ movie

Chris Pratt will play Mario in a planned animated film based on the Super Mario Bros. game brand, according to Nintendo. Princess Peach is voiced by Anya Taylor-Joy, Luigi is voiced by Charlie Day, Bowser is voiced by Jack Black, and Toad is voiced by Keegan-Michael Key.

Mario will be playing as Pratt, and his brother, Luigi, will be played by Charlie Day. Princess Peach will be voiced by Anya Taylor-Joy, while Bowser and Donkey Kong will be played by Jack Black and Seth Rogen, respectively. Fred Armisen (Cranky Kong), Keegan-Michael Key (Toad), Kevin Michael Richardson (Kamek), and comic Sebastian Maniscalco (Spike) and other Super Mario characters from the early 1990s will also appear in the film.

The film will be released on December 21, 2022, by Universal Pictures’ Illumination Entertainment, as announced during a Nintendo Direct webcast. The project is co-financed by Nintendo and Universal.

Shigeru Miyamoto, the creator of Super Mario, and Chris Meledandri, the founder of Illumination, are co-producers on the film. Aaron Hovarth and Michael Jelenic will direct the film, which will have a script by Matthew Fogel.

During the Nintendo Direct, Meledandri said he was excited to reveal the film’s cast and release date. Explained as

 “honored 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”.

Chris Pratt is entering the world of Super Mario Bros.

Below who’s who in the Mario movie:

The Plumbers

  • Chris Pratt (Guardians of the Galaxy) will play Mario
  • Charlie Day (It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia) will play Luigi

The Princess and Her Entourage

  • Anya Taylor-Joy (Queen’s Gambit) will play Princess Peach
  • Keegan-Michael Key (Key and Peele) will play Toad

The Villains

  • Jack Black (School Of Rock) will play Bowser
  • Kevin Michael Richardson (of the distinctly deep voice) will play Kamek
  • Sebastian Maniscalco (Wikipedia lists him in an “Untitled Mario Film”) will play Spike.

The Kongs

  • Seth Rogen (recent critic of The Emmy’s) will play Donkey Kong
  • Fred Armisen (Portlandia) will play Cranky Kong

The scriptwriter Matthew Fogel also penned The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part and the upcoming Illumination film Minions: The Rise of Gru.