Super Mario Bros trailer: Chris Pratt saves Anya Taylor-Joy

Seth Rogen, Jack Black and Keegan-Michael Key also star in the animated feature.

In the world of Super Mario Bros., not everything is just peachy.

The Nintendo adaptation of Universal and Illumination stars Chris Pratt and Charlie Day as the plumber brothers Mario and Luigi. The duo sets out to rescue Princess Peach, played by Anya Taylor-Joy, while Bowser (Jack Black) and Donkey Kong (Seth Rogen) stand in their way. Keegan-Michael Key voices Toad.

“Super Mario Bros.” Directed by Aaron Horvath and Michael Jelenic, both Teen Titans Go! alums. The screenplay is by Matthew Fogel, who also wrote The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part and Minions: The Rise of Gru.

The film initially caused controversy due to the lack of Italian voice actor casting, namely with Pratt as Mario. Producer and Illumination Studios Founder and CEO Chris Meledandri quashed any doubts about the lead actor.

“We are working with Chris and his experienced team to create not just a character-licensed film, but a new piece of entertainment, the ‘Super Mario Bros.’ brought to life on screen and allows everyone to enjoy it, whether they know the game or not,” Meledandri said of Deadline during the CineEurope conference. “When people hear Chris Pratt perform, the criticism evaporates, maybe not entirely — people love speaking their minds like they should.”

Meledandri also called the project “unlike any previous Illumination film.”

Former live-action “Super Mario Bros.” star John Leguizamo, who played Luigi opposite Bob Hoskins’ Mario in 1993, told IndieWire that the animated film’s casting is “going backwards.”

“I’m OG A lot of people love the original. I’ve been to Comic-Con in New York and in Baltimore and everyone was like, ‘No, no, we love the old, the original.’ They don’t feel the new,” Leguizamo told IndieWire. “I’m not bitter. It’s unfortunate.”

Leguizamo recalled his role as Luigi in the 1993 Super Mario Bros. movie. “Directors Annabel Jankel and Rocky Morton fought really hard to get me to do the lead because I’m Latino and they are [the studio] didn’t want me to be the lead. They fought really hard and it was such a breakthrough. So that they go backwards and don’t throw anyone else [actor of color] kinda sucks.”

“The Super Mario Bros.” Premiering on April 7, 2023.

Check out the trailer below.

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Lindsay Lowe

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