Mama mia! Mario fans criticizing Chris Pratt's casting in Illumination's Super Mario Bros. Movie are demanding Danny DeVito voice the plucky plumber or another character in the animated adaption of the Nintendo video game series. The Universal and Nintendo co-produced feature film on Thursday announced a star-studded cast during Nintendo Direct, revealing Pratt (Guardians of the Galaxy) and Anya Taylor-Joy (The Queen's Gambit) will star as Mario and Princess Peach, respectively, in the new movie dated for December 2022. DeVito's It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia co-star Charlie Day will voice Luigi, the green-clad younger brother of Nintendo mascot Mario.
DeVito emerged as a trending topic on Twitter, where users reacting to the casting said it's "criminal" that "we have been robbed of Danny Devito as Mario and Charlie Day as Luigi." Writes another user, "The fact they had Charlie Day as Luigi and didn't bother to get Danny Devito as Mario is slanderous."
Danny Devito should've been Mario not Chris Pratt, we were robbed. pic.twitter.com/SRYjIRgfjI— Lucina(Hiatus)🦋🇲🇽🇺🇸🏳️🌈 (@LucinaDraws) September 23, 2021
Others recommended DeVito for the role of Wario, originally the evil counterpart of arch-rival Mario. Charles Martinet, who has voiced both Mario and Wario in the expansive video game franchise since the 1990s, will make "surprise cameos" in the movie and is listed on a teaser poster revealed Thursday.
The Super Mario Bros. Animated Film movie is heading to theaters in North America on 12/21/22!— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) September 23, 2021
Check out the voice cast for the upcoming movie below 👇 pic.twitter.com/Xj31P6hk6y
Announced actors include Jack Black (Jumanji: The Next Level) as Bowser, Keegan-Michael Key (Key and Peele) as Toad, Seth Rogen (Kung Fu Panda) as Donkey Kong, Fred Armisen (Saturday Night Live) as Cranky Kong, Kevin Michael Richardson (The Simpsons) as Kamek, and Sebastian Maniscalco (The Irishman) as Spike.
According to a press release, "Each voice actor was cast for their ability to capture the unique spirit of their character."
DeVito's past voiceover roles include the Grundle King in My Little Pony: The Movie, Swackhammer in Space Jam, Phil in Disney's Hercules, the titular character in The Lorax, and Bob the dog in The One and Only Ivan.
Aaron Horvath and Michael Jelenic (Teen Titans Go!, Teen Titans Go! to the Movies) direct Mario from a script by Matthew Fogel (The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part, Illumination's upcoming Minions: The Rise of Gru). Illumination and Nintendo's Super Mario Bros. opens December 21, 2022.
Here's what Mario fans have to say about it not-a being DeVito as Mario:
I cannot believe we have been robbed of Danny Devito as Mario and Charlie Day as Luigi...
This is *criminal* pic.twitter.com/6wP7UmPcYc— Mark “Sherlock” Hulmes (@sherlock_hulmes) September 23, 2021
Danny Devito as Wario. Come on, You all know it’s perfect casting pic.twitter.com/EB0FHuEGcN— Zac Quinn (@IrishMoron04) September 23, 2021
If they're going to go that route at least get Danny DeVito to play Toad? What were they thinking?— Goresh (@Goreshx) September 23, 2021
Was Danny DeVito busy? pic.twitter.com/fCDT8AmvKi— Brandon Sams (@BrandonSams18) September 23, 2021
hot take: danny devito's voice is a bit abrasive for mario. he'd be PERFECT for wario— sony penis5 (@spacefunkyarp) September 23, 2021
if they're not going to let charles martinet voice the characters he's synonymous with they could at least have the decency to cast danny devito as wario— 🏳️⚧️ BIGILIAFAN7240 🏳️⚧️ (@Espeonkin) September 23, 2021
The fact they had Charlie Day as Luigi and didn't bother to get Danny Devito as Mario is slanderous— Michael Edwards (@MEdwardsVA) September 23, 2021
Cast Danny Devito as Waluigi and everything else doesn’t matter— Bill Barnwell (@billbarnwell) September 23, 2021
Danny Devito as Yoshi. pic.twitter.com/4sBjuH4mvp— Andrew King🌹 (@funnelchest94) September 23, 2021
danny devito better make an appearance as wario AT LEAST or someone is gonna get it— Papi 😈 (@RottenPapi) September 23, 2021
They couldn't cast Danny DeVito as Mario or else we'd basically be watching a weird Always Sunny AU where Frank and Charlie wake up as the Mario Bros.— JAMESHARK (@jamesharknado) September 23, 2021
Why exactly didn't we get Danny DeVito as Wario?!
"This kingdom is trash!"— MauLer (@MauLer93) September 23, 2021
danny devito should have been cast as mario this is a serious tweet— ryan aleck hill (@ryanaleckhill) September 23, 2021