The Star-Studded ‘Super Mario Bros’ Movie Cast Is Here & No One Can Handle Chris Pratt As Mario
"Finding out that Chris Pratt is gonna be Mario is the exact opposite feeling of finding out Idris Elba is Knuckles."
This morning Nintendo announced the star-studded cast for the upcoming Super Mario Bros animated movie and, for reasons that make very little sense, Chris Pratt will play the titular character.
During today’s Nintendo Direct event, Shigeru Miyamoto — designer, producer, and game director at Nintendo — announced that the upcoming animated flick is set for release in December 2022 for the US.
While Miyamoto couldn’t reveal much in terms of the look and feel of the movie, he did let us know the A-listers who would be voicing the beloved characters in the Mario Universe on the big screen.
The Queen’s Gambit’s Anya Taylor-Joy will join as Princess Peach, Charlie Day as Luigi, Jack Black as Bowser, Keegan-Michael Key as Toad, and Seth Rogen as Donkey Kong. Fred Armisen, Kevin Michael Richardson, and Sebastian Maniscalco will each have smaller roles in the film as they play Cranky Kong, Kamek, and Spike, respectively.
To be honest, the cast was shaping up to be pretty damn impressive. That is, except for the fact that Chris Pratt, arguably Hollywood’s worst Chris, would be playing THE Mario.
im counting it https://t.co/E94qeMdZHC
— Poorly Aged Things (@PoorlyAgedStuff) September 23, 2021
Sadly, despite voice actor Charles Martinet voicing Mario, Wario, Luigi, Waluigi, Baby Luigi and Baby Mario in the games since 1995, he was pushed aside so that Chris Pratt could give us his terrible rendition of the Italian plumber. On the bright side, even though Pratt is stealing the Mario job, Martinet will still be included in the project as a “surprise cameo”.
Still, people online are very confused over the decision to cast Chris Pratt — especially when Italian-American Danny DeVito was RIGHT THERE to be paired with Charlie Day’s Luigi.
But, as always, the internet coped with their confusion and sadness the best way they know how: With copious amounts of memes.
So here are the best memes about the Super Mario Bros cast and the questionable decision to make Chris Pratt the new Mario:
Finding out that Chris Pratt is gonna be Mario is the exact opposite feeling of finding out Idris Elba is Knuckles
— Ghoul Lord (@pppondi) September 23, 2021
*Mario approaches Bowser's castle*
— 🍊beans made thighs🍊 (@beanzaru) September 23, 2021
chris pratt mario means this image is finally true pic.twitter.com/gbQaJRndlU
— red (@RedIsADumbass) September 23, 2021
Learning that Jack Black is Bowser was way more fulfilling than any Smash reveal
— jacob alpharad (@Alpharad) September 23, 2021
— noulith (@arvesspact) September 23, 2021
Sonic fans who got Sonic redesigned for the movie helping Mario fans recast Mario’s movie VA pic.twitter.com/C1xXcNAuvx
— Generic NewWave Band (@thebluebear27) September 24, 2021
chris pratt playing mario is italiaphobia and i'm tired of acting like it isn't
— hasanabi (@hasanthehun) September 23, 2021
Danny Devito as Yoshi. pic.twitter.com/4sBjuH4mvp
— Andrew King🌹 (@funnelchest94) September 23, 2021
Nintendo misread my goddamn tweet https://t.co/5FwFPOJFC6
— ✪ daniel barnes ✪ (@Danny8bit) September 23, 2021
Everyone is complaining about Chris Pratt being cast as Mario, but I think we should all take a moment to be glad it wasn’t James Corden.
— Wendigoon (@Wendigoon8) September 24, 2021
Guys, the casting for Super Mario Brothers could have been way worse. pic.twitter.com/iDBvr6Jrsc
— HeyIt'sVadim (@HeyItsVadim) September 24, 2021
We were warned pic.twitter.com/AHtEQlDLNQ
— Diego 🐢 (@Diego9VII) September 23, 2021
Chris Pratt as Jack Black as
Mario Bowser pic.twitter.com/EFID1iclNm
— 🍃 Chaz the Weasel 🍃 (COMMISSIONS CLOSED) (@ChaztheWeasel) September 23, 2021
"It's me, Mario" – Chris Pratt
— jacksfilms (@jacksfilms) September 23, 2021
announce this next, nintendo pic.twitter.com/dvfXJbXEXU
— Louie Zong (@everydaylouie) September 24, 2021
they sensed it…chris pratt as mario https://t.co/jEGWUJxCRC
— cinnamon bun (@notsofiacoppola) September 23, 2021
— Justin Briner (@justinbriner) September 23, 2021
Timeline looks like this right now pic.twitter.com/HwEWERTFfy
— V i c t o r i a (@sailorbee) September 23, 2021
chris pratt is the only actor whose photo was black and white during the reveal of the mario movie cast, implying that he died while recording his lines for mario
— Mattt 🦆 (@MatttGFX) September 23, 2021
What we could have had pic.twitter.com/SWZvWluINJ
— mechspiral (@mechspiral) September 23, 2021
— darkest lariat (@tampabayvipers) September 23, 2021
Keegan-Michael Key is Toad pic.twitter.com/TTUhFjWMLM
— Jehtt (@TurboJehtt) September 23, 2021
chris pratt as mario pic.twitter.com/MZ9DpBGrpJ
— allie (@mymemoldy) September 23, 2021
Perhaps it is now our collective responsibility to give Super Mario Bros the Sonic the Hedgehog treatment. It’s the only way.
it's been awhile since we had to come together and cyberbully a movie studio into making sweeping changes to an animated film but i believe we can do it again
— amy b (@arb) September 23, 2021