Rewinding more than two decades ago, it was an optimistic idea when Nintendo gave the green light for a live-action Super Mario film. But years following, viewers are divided on what the motion picture turned out to be completely missing the identity of the video game series or using nostalgia to give the flick a platform to stand on. Regardless, it is not a movie that many reflect on across Hollywood alike other films that released in the same era.
However, when word broke out that Nintendo is giving another go at the film business with Super Mario being the star of the production, fans grow worried on how this one will turn out. Even more, reports indicated that Despicable Me, Minions creators Illumination will be working on the movie as well.
From the Thursday Nintendo Direct, franchise creator Shigeru Miyamoto announced that the production is to reach theaters late next year. In addition to that, he also announced the casting for the film as well. But oddly enough, Super Mario voice actor Charles Martinet will not portray the character in the motion picture, but instead is said to be involved with “surprise cameos” throughout the picture.
Miyamoto reveals the official casting to include Chris Pratt as Mario, Anya-Taylor Joy as Princess Peach, Charlie Day as Luigi, Jack Black as Bowser, Keegan-Michael Key as Toad, Seth Rogan as Donkey Kong, Kevin Michael Richardson as Kamek, Fred Armisen as Cranky Kong, and Sebastian Maniscalco as Spike. While North America receives a late December box office release, other regions has yet to be disclosed.
In a separate report from Fast Company earlier this year, it was indicated that Illumination is already in discussion with Nintendo for more films following the forthcoming Super Mario movie. However, the details on following productions has yet to be disclosed at the time of the writing. You can read the full report by heading here.
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The Super Mario movie is set to hit theaters on December 21, 2022 in North America.