Next year, Universal and Illumination Entertainment will release a mobile version of the Super Mario games. Nintendo revealed the film’s voice cast last year, with Chris Pratt set to play the mustachioed mascot himself. The move sparked a lot of confusion from longtime Mario fans, including those who wished Charles Martinet had relegated himself to the top spot. In a new interview with diverseProducer Chris Meldandry praised Pratt’s work on the film, stating that production is currently 75 percent complete. Apparently, there were about 15 recording sessions in total, and Meledandri was very pleased with the results.
“Chris was chosen because we felt he could do as well as Mario. Now that we’ve done about 15 recording sessions, and the movie is three quarters over, I’m sitting here and saying I love his performance as Mario,” Meledandri told Variety.
direct action Super Mario Bros. The movie was released in theaters in 1993. The movie deviated significantly from its source, and negative reception pushed Nintendo away from theatrical adaptations of its features for decades. This time around, creator Shigeru Miyamoto was “very hands-on” with the Mario adaptation, which could bode well for his fidelity to Nintendo’s vision. It could also lead to additional Nintendo mods in the future; Fans have wanted to watch the Zelda movie for quite some time! We hope that Pratt’s performance will prove enjoyable to both longtime fans and regular audiences alike.
Pratt was clearly the most controversial actor announced for the film, but the rest of the cast was well received. She will be joined by actor Anya Taylor-Joy as Peach, Charlie Day as Luigi, Jack Black as Bowser, Seth Rogen as Donkey Kong, Keegan-Michael Key as Toad, Fred Armisen as Cranky Kong and Kevin Michael Richardson as Kamek and Sebastian Manescalco as Spike. While Charles Martinet will not reprise the role of Mario, his voice will be heard in the film in some form. The film is currently scheduled to be released in theaters on April 7, 2023.
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