Thursday, Nintendo announced the voiceover cast for "The Super Mario Bros." animated film expected in theaters Dec. 21.
Chris Pratt as Mario— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) September 23, 2021
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
Chris Pratt joyfully reacted to his casting as Mario, telling the story of how much he used to love the video game as a kid and how this happening now is proof that "dreams come true."
"So when I was a kid, I lived in Lake Stevens, Washington, and there was this coin-operated laundromat near my house, and it had Super Mario Bros.—the original arcade game. Oh, I loved that game. I never had a quarter, it felt like. I'd either steal them from the wishing well [laughs]. That's wild! Just dawned on me right now: the quarter I stole out of the wishing well to play Super Mario Bros. has come true that I get to be the voice of Mario. But I clearly stole someone else's wish, so just waiting for that row of karma dominoes to come crashing down on me.
"But as it is right now, it's-a-me, a-Mario. ... I'm really excited to announce that I'm gonna be the voice of that video game that I dreamed about playing as a kid. Dreams come true."
There are plenty of people, however, who aren't excited that Pratt was selected to voice the famous Italian character.
modern italixn stories are told so rarely and even when they are we're not the ones telling them— giabuchi's room (@jaboukie) September 24, 2021
Danny Devito should've been Mario not Chris Pratt, we were robbed. pic.twitter.com/SRYjIRgfjI— Lucina(Hiatus)️ (@LucinaDraws) September 23, 2021
Chris Pratt being the voice actor for Mario has to be the strangest thing I've ever heard in my entire life— Ted Nivison (@TedNivison) September 23, 2021
Mario: Chris Pratt— Ash Parrish (@adashtra) September 23, 2021
Bowser: Jack Black pic.twitter.com/OYX6SYsRGR
WHAT I WANNA KNOW IS ARE THEY GOING TO GET CHRIS PRATT TO DO A FAKE ITALIAN ACCENT OR— Faff (@faffroux) September 23, 2021
I CAN'T IMAGINE THIS IN MY HEAD AT ALL
imagining chris pratt saying “it’s-a me mario” in an unchanged american accent— guy (@guymrdth) September 23, 2021
"We are collaborating with Chris and his experienced team to not just create a character licensed film, 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," said Shigeru Miyamoto, Nintendo's representative director and fellow, said in a statement, per Deadline. "The production so far is constructive and going very well, and both parties are learning a lot from each other. We humbly ask that fans wait just a little longer for the premiere, and we hope they look forward to seeing the unique characters from Super Mario Bros. on the big screen."
Charles Martinet has voiced Mario and several other characters throughout the video game franchise since the early 1990s.