Keep an eye on you Cappys, Mario fans, because Chris Pratt has high hopes for his upcoming role as Mario in Illumination’s Super Mario movie. In an interview with Variety, Pratt said his take on the famed plumber “will be unlike anything you’ve ever heard.”
“I worked very closely with the directors and tried a few things and came up with something that I’m really proud of and I can’t wait for people to see and hear it,” Pratt said. “It’s an animated voice-over story. It’s not a live action movie. I’m not going to wear a plumber’s suit everywhere. I’m giving a voice to an animated character, and it’s updated and unlike anything you’ve heard before in the Mario world.”
Chris Meledandri, CEO of Illumination, also promotes Pratt’s performance as Mario, saying, “When people hear Chris Pratt’s performance, the criticism will evaporate,” in a recent interview.
We still haven’t heard from Pratt’s take on Super Mario, but we do know that the character won’t have an Italian accent.
Pratt isn’t the only A-list star in the Mario movie, as the outrageous cast also includes Anya Taylor-Joy as Peach, Charlie Day as Luigi, Jack Black as Bowser, Keegan-Michael Key as Toad, and Seth Rogen as Donkey Kong. It will be a while before we see this all-star cast get their best shot at Nintendo’s iconic characters, as Illumination and Nintendo have postponed the film to April 2023.
Mario Movie – The cast so far
In addition to Mario, Pratt is also tackling the role of Garfield for Sony Pictures’ upcoming animated movie, and the internet isn’t quite sure how to handle it. For more information, check out our list of 40 upcoming video game tweaks.
Logan Plant is a freelance writer for IGN. You can find him on Twitter @LoganJPlant.