Super Mario Movie Strange Voice Cast Announced, Includes Chris Pratt and Charlie Day
Nintendo Directs don’t usually reveal anything that isn’t strictly gaming-related. The September 2021 Nintendo Direct largely follows this pattern, but it does make one exception announcement. Nintendo has partnered with Illumination to produce a full-length animated feature movie for its flagship title Super Mario. The movie’s name will be used for the time being.
Mario and Luigi, the main characters of the game, aren’t very talkative. Super Mario dialogue is usually left to the side characters Bowser and Toad, but the pair, specifically Mario, will be talking a lot in the Super Mario movie. Nintendo revealed the voice behind the characters in the movie. Mario’s speech was not unusual enough.
Chris Pratt will voice Mario in Nintendo’s upcoming Super Mario film. Jack Black will play Bowser, Keegan Michael Key will portray Toad, while Seth Rogen will portray Donkey Kong. Seth Rogen’s close ties with Mario earned him a place in this film. Pratt will be the voice of Mario, despite Charles Martinet (Mario’s usual voice actor) appearing in surprise cameos. Here’s the current voice cast:
- Chris Pratt is Mario
- Anya Taylor as Peach
- Jack Black is Bowser
- Charlie Day as Luigi
- Toad by Keegan-Michael Key
- Seth Rogen is Donkey Kong
- Charles Martinet in various cameos
This voice cast allows you to easily see the tone Nintendo intends for the movie, even without any footage or descriptions. Nearly all of the actors are comfortable in comedy roles. The exception being Anya Taylor, Queen’s Gambit fame. Although her past is more drama-oriented, her role in the film as Peach may be her first comedy role.
It would be an understatement to say that the voice cast is fascinating. It is almost impossible to imagine Chris Pratt speaking in Mario’s voice and it sounding natural. Perhaps the comedy talent behind the voices might be a pleasant surprise. This Super Mario movie is expected to be a good one, given that the last Mario-helmed movie was a disaster. It is hoped that Nintendo will soon release voiced promotional materials for it.