Since the first Super Mario Bros game came out in 1985, the Mario series has been a huge success for Nintendo. Now, almost 40 years later, the series has spawned a number of spin-off series, all of which feature the now-famous cast of characters from the Mario universe.
Shigeru Miyamoto, a game producer for Nintendo and one of the people who came up with the idea for the Mario games, said in September 2021 that a new movie was in the works.
Some people may remember the now-infamous 1993 live-action Super Mario movie, but this new movie will be animated. Here’s what we know about the movie that’s coming out.
When Will the Mario Movie Be Released?
The Super Mario Bros movie is set to be released in the US on April 7, 2023. The movie will then come out on April 28, 2023, at the end of the month in Japan.
At first, the new Mario movie wasn’t going to come out until the end of 2022. The movie’s release date was pushed back, though, because the making of it took longer than planned. It was also recently announced that the movie will get a PG rating. It looks like the movie will be a fun family movie like the recent Sonic the Hedgehog movies.
Expected Cast of Mario Movie
In September 2021, the cast for The Super Mario Bros. Movie was announced during a Nintendo Direct. This caused the internet to go crazy. The big news was, of course, the decision to use celebrity voice actors instead of the voice actors from the video game. Chris Pratt will play Mario, the main character, and he will be the star of the show.
He will be joined by Charlie Day from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, who will play Mario’s brother Luigi, Anya Taylor-Joy from Peaky Blinders, who will play Princess Peach, Jack Black from Jumanji, who will play the bad guy Bowser, and Keegan-Michael Key, who will play Toad. Seth Rogen will also do voice the famous gorilla Donkey Kong.
Some fans were upset that Charles Martinet, who had voiced Mario for a long time, would no longer be doing so. But Martinet will show up in the movie in an unspecified cameo role.
Here is that cast list in full:
- Jack Black as Bowser
- Keegan-Michael Key as Toad
- Seth Rogen as Donkey Kong
- Fred Armisen as Cranky Kong
- Sebastian Maniscalco as Foreman Spike
- Kevin Michael Richardson as Kamek
What is the Storyline of Mario Movie?
In the Super Mario Bros games, Mario usually goes on a quest to save Princess Peach from Bowser’s castle after he kidnaps her. However, with over 30 years of games and several spin-offs to choose from, Illumination could take this in any direction.
Unlike the 1992 live-action version, which took place in New York City, we know that this version will take place in Mario’s made-up home, the Mushroom Kingdom, which looks like it has been recreated exactly as it was in the games.
Bowser and his army of Koopas attacked a penguin kingdom in the teaser trailer, which seems to set up the main conflict of the movie. We didn’t see much of Mario, but the teaser shows him coming out of a warp pipe into the Mushroom Kingdom, where he meets Toad for the first time. This may be the story of how the fat Italian plumber got his start.
Jack Black told fans at the New York Comic-Con that Bowser “has a musical side” in the movie, but it’s not clear if there will be a full-fledged musical number for the King Koopa. This was reported by Popverse.
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“I did bring some of my heavy metal roots because – in a way – Bowser is kind of like a heavy metal rockstar,” Black said. “You know, a big, strong, and scary rock star. And I did a little bit of rocking. I think you’ll be surprised to see that Bowser has a musical side.
“I’m thinking after the movie comes out I’m taking it to Broadway. There might be a one-man show.”
Trailer of Mario Movie
Yes, a trailer is available to watch below.
The movie is set to be released in the US on April 7, 2023. It will get a PG rating like the recent Sonic the Hedgehog movies. Chris Pratt will play Mario, and Charlie Day, Anya Taylor-Joy, and Keegan-Michael Key will play Princess Peach. Bowser and his army of Koopas attacked a penguin kingdom in the teaser trailer. Jack Black told fans at the New York Comic-Con that Bowser “has a musical side” It’s not clear if there will be a full-fledged musical number for the King Koopa.