During today's Nintendo Direct presentation, Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto revealed a release date for Illumination's Super Mario movie! The film will release on December 21st, 2022 and will feature an all-star line-up of voice actors: Mario will by played by Chris Pratt, Peach will be played by Anya Taylor-Joy, Luigi will be played by Charlie Day, Bowser will be played by Jack Black, Donkey Kong will be played by Seth Rogen, Toad will be played by Keegan-Micahael Key, Cranky Kong will be played by Fred Armisen, Kamek will be played by Kevin Michael Richardson, and Spike will be played by Sebastian Maniscalco.
All in all, it's looking like a pretty stacked cast! The roles will come as a big surprise to a lot of fans, but it shows that Nintendo and Illumination are dedicated to making sure that the film is a big success! It's certainly a much different cast from the one that appeared in the '90s movie, and it will be interesting to see if the Illumination film offers a more faithful take. Of course, with Miyamoto playing a key role in the film's development, it seems like a safe bet that will be the case!
Nintendo has been notoriously cautious about adaptations of its games, particularly after the failure of the first Mario big screen film. There have been rumors about Zelda and Metroid live-action projects in the past, but those never got past the rumor stage. If the Mario movie does prove to be a success, it could lead to more Nintendo projects in Hollywood. A lot has changed for video game adaptations over the last few years, and Hollywood has started to offer more faithful adaptations. Faithfulness to the source material does not necessarily equal quality, but it should come as a relief for longtime fans of the franchise.
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