Top-billed star-studded cast for upcoming animated Super Mario Bros movie starring Chris Pratt finally revealed… and Brie Larson is not Princess Peach!
Topping off an already illustrious cast, Chris Pratt and Anya Taylor-Joy are set to lead the latest addition the Super Mario Bros. world.
Illumination and Nintendo are joining forces for an all-new animated film based on the world of Super Mario Bros. Set to be released in the holiday season of 2022, it will be directed by both Aaron Horvath and Michael Jelenic, who both previously worked on the animated series Teen Titans Go! In addition, Matthew Fogel, of The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part, will be writing the screenplay.
Along with this announcement, Nintendo released information about the stellar cast set to take on these fan-favourite rolls.
The cast is as follows:
Mario – Chris Pratt (Guardians of the Galaxy, Parks and Recreation)
Christopher Michael Pratt is an American actor and comedian known for starring in television, as well as action and animated films.
Princess Peach – Anya Taylor-Joy (The Queen’s Gambit, Emma.)
Anya-Josephine Marie Taylor-Joy is an actress and model. She has received several accolades, including a Critics’ Choice Award, a Golden Globe Award and a SAG Award, and nominations for a BAFTA Award and a Primetime Emmy Award. In 2021, Time magazine placed her on the Time 100 Next list.
Luigi – Charlie Day (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia)
Charles Peckham Day is an American actor, screenwriter, producer, and comedian. He is best known for playing Charlie Kelly on the sitcom It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, for which he was nominated for a Critics’ Choice Television Award and a Satellite Award in 2011.
Bowser – Jack Black (School of Rock, Kung Fu Panda)
Thomas Jacob Black is an American actor, comedian, musician, and songwriter. Black is known for his roles in the films High Fidelity, Shallow Hal, School of Rock, King Kong, Nacho Libre, Be Kind Rewind, Bernie and Goosebumps, in addition to his role in the Jumanji franchise.
Toad – Keegan-Michael Key (Key and Peele, Schmigadoon!)
Keegan-Michael Key is an American actor, comedian, producer and writer. He co-created and co-starred alongside Jordan Peele in Comedy Central’s sketch series Key & Peele and co-starred in USA Network’s Playing House.
Donkey Kong – Seth Rogen (Superbad, Knocked Up)
Seth Aaron Rogen is a Canadian actor, comedian, writer, and filmmaker. Having begun as a stand-up comedian in Vancouver, he moved to Los Angeles for a part in Judd Apatow’s series Freaks and Geeks, and then got a part on the sitcom Undeclared, which also hired him as a writer.
Cranky Kong – Fred Armisen (SNL, Portlandia)
Fereydun Robert “Fred” Armisen is an American actor, comedian, writer, producer, and musician. He is best known as a cast member on Saturday Night Live from 2002 until 2013. With his comedy partner Carrie Brownstein, Armisen was the co-creator and co-star of the IFC sketch comedy series Portlandia
Kamek – Kevin Michael Richardson (The Cleveland Show, F is for Family)
Kevin Michael Richardson is an American actor. Known for his distinctively deep voice, he has mostly voiced villainous characters in animation and video games.
Spike – Sebastian Maniscalco (The Irishman, various Netflix specials)
Sebastian Maniscalco is an American stand-up comedian and actor. Born in the Chicagoland area in Arlington Heights, Illinois, Maniscalco began his career in 1998 performing at open mics. He has since released five comedy specials
Unknown Character – Charles Martinet (various Super Mario video games)
In a statement by Illumination Founder and CEO, Chris Meledandri 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 Super Mario Bros movie, unlike any film illumination has made to date.”
The film will be released in North America on the 21st of December 2022 with an international release schedule to come at a later date.