The launch date for the much anticipated Super Mario animated film has been announced, along with the star-studded cast who will be providing their voices to Nintendo’s beloved characters.
As part of last night’s Nintendo Direct presentation - where the gaming giant unveiled all sorts of new games and updates for its fans - animation studio Illumination revealed a host of new details.
The film doesn’t have a confirmed title as of yet, and all we know - plot wise - about it is that it is a new animated film “based on the world of Super Mario Bros.”
But we do know who will star in it, and when it will be released.
Here is everything you need to know about it.
Who is in the cast?
Strangely, Charles Martinet - who has provided the iconic voices to Super Mario and a whole host of the series’ other characters - won’t be starring, although he is said to be making a “surprise” cameo.
Mario will be played by Chris Pratt, Princess Peach by The Queen’s Gambit’s Anya Taylor-Joy, and Luigi by Charlie Day, known for his leading role in long-running comedy It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.
The villain of the piece, Bowser will be played by Jack Black, Toad by Keegan-Michael Key, Donkey Kong will have the voice of Seth Rogen, while Cranky Kong will be portrayed by Portlandia’s Fred Armisen.
The producers say: “Each voice actor was cast for their ability to capture the unique spirit of their character.”
Who’s directing it?
The new animated film will be directed by Aaron Horvath and Michael Jelenic, who previously collaborated on the animated series Teen Titans Go! and the film Teen Titans Go! To the Movies.
It will be produced by Chris Meledandri of Illumination, and Shigeru Miyamoto, Nintendo’s legendary games designer who has helped create some of the most recognisable franchises and characters in video gaming history.
The screenplay of the film will be written by Matthew Fogel, whose writing credits include The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part and the upcoming Illumination film Minions: The Rise of Gru.
What is it about?
No plot details have yet been given for the new film, and speculation is rife as to what fans can release when it finally comes to cinemas.
Chris Meledandri, Illumination’s Founder and CEO, said: “Mario and Luigi are two of the most beloved heroes in all of popular culture, and we are honoured 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 in an animated movie, unlike any film Illumination has made to date.”
“We are collaborating with Chris and his experienced team to not just create a character licensed film,” said Miyamoto, “but a new piece of entertainment which brings Super Mario Bros. to life on the screen, and allows everyone to enjoy whether or not they know about the game.”
When can I watch it?
Universal Pictures will release the film in North America on 21 December 2022.
Technically, Universal say the release schedule for the film in additional countries and regions is “to be announced at a future date”, but since most big-name blockbuster features release on the same day around the world, we’d hazard a guess that we can expect it around the same time in the UK.
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