The animated movie about the “Super Mario Bros.” video game, which Nintendo is preparing with Universal Studios, will hit theaters in Christmas 2022.
Universal Studios announced the project this Thursday, which will feature a stellar voice cast, with Chris Pratt playing Super Mario, Charlie Day playing Luigi, and Anya Taylor-Joy playing Princess Peach.
It will also feature Keegan-Michael Key, Jack Black, Seth Rogen, Fred Armisen, Kevin Michael Richardson and Sebastian Maniscalco.
Nintendo describes this film as a “piece of entertainment which brings ‘Super Mario Bros.’ to life on the screen, and allows everyone to enjoy whether or not they know about the game.”
Although the plot is unknown, it appears that it will feature all the characters from the video game franchise such as Bowser, Donkey Kong, Toad and Spike.
It will be the second movie about the popular plumber. Previously, in 1993, “Super Mario Bros.” was released, a film starring Bob Hoskins and John Leguizamo, which was a box-office and critical failure but has acquired a certain cult status over time.
For the time being, the new animated film is titled “Super Mario Bros. Animated Film.”
The Mario character appeared for the first time in 1981 in the video game Donkey Kong and since then the franchise has sold more than 500 million copies of its games, making it the most successful brand in the history of video games.
In addition, the saga includes other titles such as “Mario Kart” and “Mario Party”, comics, novels and even a holiday, known as National Mario Day, which is celebrated every March 10.