The upcoming The Super Mario Bros. Movie is bringing the Nintendo mascot to the silver screen for the first time since 1993.
Eager not to replicate the failings of the live-action Super Mario Bros. movie from the 1990s, Nintendo has enlisted the help of Illumination, the animation studio that's best known for bringing us the Despicable Me, Minions, Sing and Secret Life of Pets franchises.
To help bring their beloved characters to life on the big screen, Nintendo's also brought in an all-star cast to lend their voices to the likes of Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach and Bowser.
Here's e everything we know about The Super Mario Bros. Movie right now.
The Super Mario Bros. Movie release date
The Super Mario Bros. Movie was originally planned to release during the Holiday season in 2022, though Nintendo has now confirmed that the movie is hitting theaters on April 7, 2023.
When that release date was revealed, Nintendo also gave us our first look at the film with the official poster, which you can see below.
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The Super Mario Bros. Movie cast?
The voice cast for The Super Mario Bros. Movie was revealed back in September 2021, and it is packed full of huge Hollywood stars. The cast includes:
- Chris Pratt (Guardians of the Galaxy) as Mario
- Charlie Day (It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia) as Luigi
- Anya Taylor-Joy (The Northman, The Queen's Gambit) as Princess Peach
- Jack Black (School of Rock) as Bowser
- Keegan-Michael Key (Key & Peele) as Toad
- Seth Rogen (This is the End) as Donkey Kong
- Fred Armisen (Big Mouth) as Cranky Kong
- Kevin Michael Richardson (Family Guy) as Kamek
- Sebastian Maniscalco (The Irishman) as Spike
Fans of the character should be pleased to know that Charles Martinet — who has provided the voice of Mario and many other Nintendo video game characters — is also on board and appears in surprise cameos throughout the movie.
The Super Mario Bros. trailer
In addition to the first teaser trailer, which you can watch below, the first official trailer for The Super Mario Bros. Movie has been released. In addition to giving us the first look at beloved characters Peach, Luigi, Donkey Kong and more, the trailer features a nod to just about every version of the Mario games over the years.
Watch the trailers right here:
The Super Mario Bros. Movie plot
Nintendo hasn't given much away about the plot just yet, with the only details being that it is "a new animated film based in the world of Super Mario Bros." But from the trailers we can piece together some of the pieces.
It looks like Bowser is taking over various kingdoms and collecting powerful stars, with his next target Princess Peach's Mushroom Kingdom. To help defeat Bowser, they enlist Mario and Luigi.
When we get more details we'll share them here.
Who's directing The Super Mario Bros. movie?
Aaron Horvath and Michael Jelenic are behind the camera for the Mario movie. The pair have previously collaborated on Teen Titans Go! and Teen Titans Go! To the Movies. The screenplay has been written by Matthew Fogel (The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part, Minions: The Rise of Gru).
Martin is a Staff Writer with WhatToWatch.com, where he produces a variety of articles focused on the latest and greatest films and TV shows.
Some of his favorite shows are What We Do In The Shadows, Bridgerton, Gangs of London, The Witcher, Doctor Who, and Ghosts. When he’s not watching TV or at the movies, Martin’s probably still in front of a screen playing the latest video games, reading, or watching the NFL.
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