We found out a little more about Illumination’s Super Mario Movie during Thursday Nintendo Direct presentation. The film is set for release in December 2022 and Mr. Miyamoto revealed the array of stars which have been cast for the upcoming animation in the presentation. Mario will be played by none other than Chris Pratt who took to Instagram after the news had been announced to chat about his love of the Mario franchise and the joy he felt at being cast as the iconic Italian plumber.
“There was this coin-operated laundromat near my house, and it had Super Mario Bros., the original arcade game. I loved that game,” Pratt says in the video published to Instagram. Because he “never had a quarter, it felt like,” Pratt would steal quarters out of a wishing fountain.
“The quarter I stole out of the wishing well to play Super Mario Bros. has come true that I get to be the voice of Mario, but I clearly stole someone else’s wish. So just waiting for that row of karma dominoes to come crashing down on me,” quipped Pratt, “but as it is right now, it’s-a me, Mario.”
“We’ve been working hard at it and I’m really excited to announce that I’m going to be the voice of that video game that I dreamed about playing as a kid. Dreams come true.”