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Chris Pratt to lead voice cast for ‘Super Mario Bros.’ animated film

Anya Taylor-Joy, Charlie Day and Jack Black are among the cast.

Chris Pratt in 'Guardians of the Galaxy'
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Illumination and Nintendo Co., Ltd have announced the voice cast for their upcoming animated film based on ‘Super Mario Bros.’.

The voice cast is lead by Chris Pratt as Mario, Anya Taylor-Joy as Princess Peach and Charlie Day as Luigi. The cast also includes Jack Black as Bowser, Keegan-Michael Key as Toad, Seth Rogen as Donkey Kong, Fred Armisen as Cranky Kong, Kevin Michael Richardson as Kamek and Sebastian Maniscalco as Spike.

This new animated film will be produced by Chris Meledandri of Illumination and Shigeru Miyamoto of Nintendo, directed by Aaron Horvath and Michael Jelenic, who previously collaborated on the animated series ‘Teen Titans Go!’ and the film ‘Teen Titans Go! To the Movies’. The screenplay of the film will be written by Matthew Fogel, whose writing credits include ‘The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part’ and the upcoming Illumination film ‘Minions: The Rise of Gru’.

“Mario and Luigi are two of the most beloved heroes in all of popular culture, and we are honored 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 movie, unlike any film Illumination has made to date,” said Chris Meledandri, Illumination’s Founder and CEO, and outside director of Nintendo.

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“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. 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,” said Shigeru Miyamoto, Representative Director, Fellow of Nintendo.

The film will be released worldwide during the 2022 holiday season.

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