Last week’s Nintendo Direct was, in an ironic twist of fate, full of surprises. Not only did we learn that Kirby’s first traditional, fully 3D outing is on the horizon and that Banjo Kazooie is finally “coming home,” but we also received the scoop on the upcoming Super Mario movie.
Shigeru Miyamoto, the father of Mario, was on hand to announce that the film will be releasing in North America on December 21, 2022, with dates for other regions promoting at “a later time.” The voice cast includes many familiar American celebrities, although that was expected considering Detective Pikachu’s direction.
- Chris Pratt (Mario)
- Charlie Day (Luigi)
- Anya Taylor Joy (Peach)
- Jack Black (Bowser)
- Seth Rogen (Donkey Kong)
- Keegan- Micheal Key (Toad)
- Fred Armisen (Cranky Kong)
- Kevin Michael Richardson (Kamek)
- Sebastian Maniscalo (Spike)
Donkey and Cranky Kong having confirmed appearances in this film is a fascinating tidbit. Both Mario and Donkey Kong origins are intertwined in the 1981 release of Donkey Kong, but Super Mario and DK branched off into their distinct franchises by the dawn of the ’90s. Outside of the occasional crossover and spinoff (not to mention one god-tier re-imagining of the arcade game in 1994)… it’s been that way ever since. For the first time, we (more than likely) will be seeing all three of these characters on the same screen together, and that’s pretty damn neat if you ask me. (It also falls in line with the previous speculation regarding Nintendo’s goal of sculpting a sort of cinematic universe).
Miyamoto also confirmed that Mario would be pretty vocal, meaning revealing the cast. Although Charles Martinet will (unfortunately) not be playing a prominent role in the film, it is confirmed that he will be on hand for “several surprise cameos.” Admittedly, this is a little disappointing considering the man has been the voice of Mario for almost 30 years. However, I’m glad he’ll at least be involved in some capacity.
We still don’t have anything in the way of screen grabs or a trailer showing off the film itself, but with more than a year left in production time, it’s to be expected. “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,” says Miyamoto.