It is not usual for Nintendo to take advantage of the Direct “stage” to announce non-video game productions, but this time it happened. Those from Kyoto announced that the animated Super Mario movie, announced several years ago, already has a release date: December 21, 2022. In addition, they unveiled a luxurious voice cast made up of some of the most popular actors in the film industry.
The actors who will lend their voices to the Super Mario feature film are the following: Chris pratt (Mario), Anya Taylor-Joy (Princess peach), Charlie day (Luigi), Jack black (Bowser), Keegan-Michael Key (Toad), Seth Rogan (Donkey Kong), Kevin Michael Richardson (Kamek), Fred armisen (Cranky Kong), Sebastian maniscalco (Spike) and Charles Martinet.
The case of Charles Martinet is curious, since he has participated in multiple Nintendo games being the voice of characters like Wario and Waluigi. However, it is unknown what his role in Super Mario will be.
The Super Mario Bros. Animated Film movie is heading to theaters in North America on 12/21/22!
Check out the voice cast for the upcoming movie below pic.twitter.com/Xj31P6hk6y
– Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) September 23, 2021
It is clear that Nintendo and Universal Pictures —The company responsible for its distribution in cinemas — are throwing the house out the window. However, this ambitious strategy should not surprise anyone, as the Super Mario feature film aims to conquer a fairly wide audience. Mario video game fans are only a small percentage.
Therefore, it was important to add the participation of actors who, at least during the last years, have been in the Hollywood spotlight constantly. Chris pratt is one of the most popular faces in the film industry thanks to his role as Star-Lord (Peter Jason Quill) in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In addition, he stars in the Jurassic World trilogy.
Anya Taylor-JoyFor his part, he catapulted his career like never before after his extraordinary performance in Gambito de Dama, the popular Netflix production. She was nominated for an Emmy for “Best Actress in a Miniseries or TV Movie”, although the award went to Kate Winslet (Mare of Easttown).
Aaron Horvath and Michael Jelenic, recognized for being the producers of Teen Titans Go !, are the directors of Super Mario. The production, by Illumination, is made up of Chris Meledandri and himself Shigeru Miyamoto, creator of Mario Bros and a living legend of the video game industry. So the table is set to have a good movie.