Shigeru Miyamoto announces the cast for the next Mario movie

A header from Chris Pratt superimposed by the text announcing that he would vote for Mario.

Mia’s mother, Chris Pratt is Mario.
Screenshot: Nintendo / Kotaku

During Nintendo Direct, Shigeru Miyamoto made a surprising appearance to discuss the full length Mario Film and works by Illumination Studios. The release date in North America is December 21, 2022 and the release date for Japan and other regions will be announced later.

While Miyamoto did not reveal what Mario will look like in the next movie, he announced the star-studded cast that will express the iconic Mario Characters. Here is the list of actors you bring Mario Characters for life:

  • Chris Pratt will vote for Mario
  • Alla Taylor-Joy will vote for Princess Peach
  • Charlie Day will vote for Luigi
  • Jack Black will play Bowser
  • Keegan-Michael Key will vote toad
  • Seth Rogen will vote for Donkey Kong
  • Fred Armisen will vote Knaschtege Kong
  • Kevin Michael Richardson will vote Kamek
  • Sebastian Maniscalco will vote Spike

Miyamoto has plotted that Charles Martinet, who has long delivered the voice of Mario and Nintendo games (as well as characters like Luigi and Wario) will have a surprise cameo in the next movie.

A black graphic shows with the Mystery Box from the Mario series the names of the Hollywood actors who borrow their voices for the next Mario movie.

Shigeru Miyamoto knows for sure how to choose a cast.
Screenshot: Nintendo / Kotaku

The project is known for years in development, but these are the first concrete details about the film that have been revealed.

The decision Illumination Helm to make the upcoming Mario movie makes sense because it is the same studio behind movies Despicable Me, The Lorax, in the The secret life of pets. While a part of me hopes this is coming Mario Film will be a cult classic like 1993 Super Mario Bros., I think it’s time for the plaster to get its chance to become a mainstream film success. Hopefully, the one to come Mario Film will find the same success that Detective Pikachu in the Sonic the Hedgehog collected.


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