Nintendo and Illumination have announced the cast for the upcoming animated film adaptation of the popular video game franchise Super Mario Bros., which will be toplined by Chris Pratt as Mario, Charlie Day as Luigi, and Anya Taylor-Joy as Peach.
The basic premise of the Super Mario Bros. games focus on the two Italian plumbers in a fantasy world having to rescue Peach from the clutches of supervillain Bowser. Mario Brothers was designed by Shigeru Miyamoto and Gunpei Yokoi in 1983, with the initial series, Super Mario Bros., launching in 1985 and since then, it has gone on to become the best-selling video game franchise of all time, selling more than 758m copies.
Also joining the cast are Jack Black as the villain Bowser, Keegan-Michael Key as Toad, Seth Rogen as Donkey Kong, Fred Armisen as Cranky Kong, Kevin Michael Richardson as Kamek and Sebastian Maniscalco as Spike. The announcement also states that Charles Martinet, who voices Mario in the video game series, will have a role in the animated film as well.
The film will be co-financed between Nintendo and Universal, with Chris Meledandri of Illumination, and Shigeru Miyamoto, Representative Director and Fellow of Nintendo, serving as producers. The film will be directed by Aaron Horvath and Michael Jelenic, based on a screenplay written by Matthew Fogel.
Super Mario Bros. is scheduled for cinematic release on the 21st December 2022.