Nintendo and Illumination have announced the star-studded cast for their upcoming movie based on the Mario franchise. The movie will feature:
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
Surprise cameos from Charles Martinet
Fans had mixed reactions to the reveal, with some fans saying that Charles Martinet, the voice actor for Mario in the games, should have voiced him in the movie.
Imagine DMCAing fan works to preserve the integrity of your intellectual property, and then casting Chris Pratt as Super Mario.
— KEITH STACK (@keithjohnstack) September 23, 2021
I find it kinda sad that Chris Pratt will probably get paid so much more for voicing Mario ONCE than Charles Martinet did in his entire 25-year tenure as him in every game/toy/promotion/etc.
— Michael Ruocco (@AGuyWhoDraws) September 23, 2021
Other fans were excited for the possibilities that the actors bring to the table, especially Black, who has deep experience in comedic films.
Learning that Jack Black is Bowser was way more fulfilling than any Smash reveal
— jacob alpharad (@Alpharad) September 23, 2021
we have GOT to end hiring celebrities when we can just hire the actual voice actors who play these goddamn roles but i think jack black bowser and charlie day luigi are going to be maybe the most incredible things ive ever seen so it balances out
— amelia’m ☀️ (@ylissebian) September 23, 2021
Pratt posted a video on his Instagram page saying that he worked hard on finding the right voice for the character and that playing the part is “a dream come true.”
The movie is set to release in theaters in December 2022.