In the pantheon of video game adaptations, 1993’s live-action Super Mario Brothers starring Bob Hoskins, John Leguizamo and Dennis Hopper certainly sits among the lower tiers.
Since then, rights owners and game behemoth Nintendo has been reticent about letting studios adapt its characters, a stance that appeared to soften in 2017 when animation company Illumination struck a deal for an animated adventure featuring Mario, Luigi and the gang. The company has announced the voice cast, led by Chris Pratt, Anya Taylor-Joy, Charlie Day, Seth Rogen, Jack Black and Keegan-Michael Key.
Teen Titans Go! and Teen Titans Go! To The Movies duo Aaron Horvath and Michael Jelenic are directing, with a script from Matthew Fogel.
"Here we go!"— Illumination (@illumination) September 23, 2021
Chris Pratt as Mario
Anya Taylor-Joy as Peach
Charlie Day as Luigi
Jack Black as Bowser
Keegan-Michael Key as Toad
Seth Rogen as Donkey Kong
Fred Armisen as Cranky Kong
Kevin Michael Richardson as Kamek
Sebastian Maniscalco as Spike
Cameos from Charles Martinet pic.twitter.com/Yio2pql1Jy
Pratt – whose casting as Italian plumber Mario is already setting off a firestorm of complaints and comedy reactions online – will be the main man, while Day is his brother Luigi, Taylor-Joy is damsel in distress Princess Peach, Black is villain Bowser, Key is Mario’s pal Toad, with Rogen as Donkey Kong.
Also lending their voice abilities? Fred Armisen as Cranky Kong, Kevin Michael Richardson as Kamek and Sebastian Maniscalco as Spike. The film is scheduled to arrive in December next year.
Via Empire Online