Chris Pratt will voice the popular character in the coming animated film version of the popular Nintendo video game franchise Super Mario Bros.
“As it is, it’s-a mee, a-Mario! That’s not the voice, you’ll have to wait to hear the voice, but we’ve been working hard at it and I’m really excited to announce that I’m going to be the voice of that video game that I dreamed about playing as a kid. Dreams come true,” said the Guardians of the Galaxy star on Instagram.
The Super Mario Bros. games are set in the fictional Mushroom Kingdom with Mario as the player character. He is often joined by his brother, Luigi, in games with simple plots — such as Mario rescuing the kidnapped Princess Peach from the antagonist Bowser.
Joining Pratt in the film’s cast are Charlie Day as Luigi, Anya Taylor-Joy as Princess Peach, 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.
Though the film’s unlikely casting drew mixed reactions, Super Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto asked fans to look forward to seeing the unique characters on the big screen.
Nintendo, which initially teased the animated film in 2017, will co-produce it with Illumination. It is set to screen in theaters in North America in December 2022.