Nintendo has released the first teaser trailer for The Super Mario Bros. Movie, an animated feature starring one of the most popular video game mascots of all time. The trailer reveals what Mario and Bowser will sound like in the film, having been voiced by Chris Pratt and Jack Black, respectively, although Pratt seems to be getting some hate, with many complaining that he doesn’t sound Italian enough. The Super Mario Bros. Movie will hit theaters on April 7, 2023.
From a Deadline report:
Right away, many online opined about casting Pratt as Mario. It reached enough of a pitch that Jimmy Kimmel even had to weigh in soon after.
“People online strongly disagreed with Chris Pratt being cast to play Super Mario,” he said as part of his Jimmy Kimmel Live! in the casting aftermath. “People went on social media to furiously demand that an Italian actor portray this offensive Italian stereotype instead. It’s as if they announced Chris Pratt was the new Black Panther. It’s crazy. If you’re old enough to tweet, you’re too old to have an opinion on this subject.”
who would have thought that chris pratt's big secret voice in the mario movie would be his normal speaking voice— Hard Drive (@HardDriveMag) October 6, 2022
me listening to chris pratt's voice come out of mario's mouth pic.twitter.com/yH3IKPjMBm— allegra frank (@LegsFrank) October 6, 2022
The Super Mario Bros. Movie additionally features the voices of Charlie Day as Luigi, Anya Taylor-Joy as Princess Peach, Seth Rogen as Donkey Kong, and Keegan-Michael Key as Toad. It comes almost exactly three decades after Super Mario Bros., the live-action adaptation that starred Bob Hoskins as “Mario Mario,” John Leguizamo as “Luigi Mario,” and Dennis Hopper as a human version of Bowser.