Chris Pratt cast as the voice of Mario in ‘Super Mario Bros’ animated film

Chris Pratt and Elizabeth Banks promote 'The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part' in London

Yeah, I’m not a gamer and I don’t know much about the world of Super Mario Bros. I know that’s a popular “world” and everyone loves those games, and they have strong feelings about all of the characters. Well, Illumination is making an animated film based on the world of Super Mario Bros and they’ve just announced the list of actors who will voice all of these famous characters. It feels like these names were picked out of a hat.

Talk about a level up — the new animated feature film based on the world of Super Mario Bros. has bagged an A-list voice cast.

Chris Pratt and Charlie Day have been tapped to play the titular video game siblings Mario and Luigi, respectively, two Italian plumbers plunged into a world of foes and fantasy in the beloved Nintendo game series. Anya Taylor-Joy will play Princess Peach, the royal blonde who has inspired millions of Halloween costumes and rap lyrics, often found in the clutches of supervillain Bowser, who will be voiced by actor Jack Black.

Rounding out the are Seth Rogen as Donkey Kong, Keegan-Michael Key as Toad (who does a mean cover of Sia’s “Chandelier”), Fred Armisen as Cranky Kong, Kevin Michael Richardson as Kamek and Sebastian Maniscalco as Spike.

[From Variety]

A lot of people are stuck on Chris Pratt on Mario… Pratt, who has the voice of a stoned Evangelical frat boy. Charlie Day will probably do a good job and I don’t have an opinion of Anya’s voice either way. The best casting is probably Jack Black? But again, Chris Pratt? Were there no Italians or Italian-Americans who could do a better Mario?

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  1. Bryn says:

    I was watching nintendo direct live last night, when Miyamoto came out I nearly jumped out of my seat. I thought for sure he was going to announce a new mario game but no…Chris pratt is going to voice mario. The man who’s voiced him in the game for years will be in it, but Chris pratt will be mario. What a frigging disappointment.

  2. smcollins says:

    Odd choice for sure, but he was pretty good as Emmet in The Lego Movie (granted he was voicing a generic Lego man but…)

    • Duch says:

      That’s a good point!

      The Lance H tweet made me laugh out loud. Picturing “Mario” as last word, like “Rosebud”

    • Abby says:

      I thought he was great as Emmett. I’m sure he’ll be fine as Mario.

      I laughed at that tweet saying his BW headshot looked like a memorial for Pratt, with his last word being “Mario.” 😆

  3. terra says:

    Well, it seems I picked a really bad week to attempt working on seeing the bright – or slightly less pessimistic – side of any given situation, didn’t I?

    Okay, let’s try it anyway: all those dudes who like to play the perpetual victim will be right in this one specific case in which white dudes were overlooked in favor of an even whiter dude (bro)?

    . . . Yeah, I got nothing. I give up.

  4. Alissa says:

    I mean, Mario’s voice is a pretty cheesy representation of an Italian accent, so I don’t really feel it needs to be done by an Italian or Italian American. but I do think it should be done by an actual voice actor who can do a variety of accents, as opposed to a live-action star.

    Mario is an extremely well-known property. people will go see the movie regardless, you don’t need to have a stacked cast of stars.

    • Bryn says:

      I dont get why they didn’t just use the voice actor whos been voicing mario for twenty years. It doesn’t need to be Chris pratt. I love mario games but I won’t see this movie. Besides the fact that Chris pratt is mario, Charlie day is Luigi. I like Charlie but he can be very nails on a chalkboard lol

  5. Duch says:

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  6. Charfromdarock says:

    He’s going to end up doing a bad Italian accent, isn’t he?

  7. NCWoman says:

    He was fine in the Lego movie. He’s fine in a lot of movies. But he’s not that talented, and I don’t see why he gets so, so many movies when his biggest skill is The Quip.

    • BothSidesNow says:

      Yes, I don’t understand either. His face alone grates on my last nerve. I can’t stand the sight OR the thought of him acting in any capacity as he is the poster boy for white men entitlement on steroids. His ignorance and utter refusal to comprehend even the slightest bit of compassion for anyone BUT himself is sickening. Please, someone hit the delete key on this petulant man-child!

  8. Otaku fairy says:

    I can’t imagine him as Mario at all.

  9. nope! says:

    Yeah, no thanks. I won’t watch any film with this homophobic, transphobic, animal abusing, far-right poster boy in them. People have goldfish memory these days.

    It was here in the Celebitchy comment section that I found out how truly awful he was, actually.