The Super Mario Bros. movie has been postponed: the new date is April 2023, according to what was reported by the creator of the character himself, Shigeru Miyamoto, using the Nintendo Twitter account. The new release schedule is April 7 in North America and April 28 in Japan. The decision was made in agreement with Illumination, the animation studio that is physically dealing with the making of the feature film. In the tweet, Miyamoto talks about having consulted with “Chris-san”: in all likelihood the reference is to Chris Meledandri, who works for Illumination and is one of the two producers of the film, along with Miyamoto himself – not Chris Pratt who will dub. Mario.
The new project had already been announced in 2018, and so far the release date was scheduled for December 2022. Nintendo has not elaborated much on the reasons for the postponement, it has simply said that “it will be worth it”; it is however true that, after the 1993 live action film fiasco, the stakes are high – at stake is the return of the two Italian plumbers to the world of cinema, which, as demonstrated by the eternal rival Sonic, can guarantee considerable satisfactions.
In short, Nintendo has good reason to want to make sure that everything works as well as possible. For the occasion, a absolutely exceptional cast of voice actors: in addition to the aforementioned Pratt (Star-Lord in the Marvel Cinematic Universe), there will be:
- Anya Taylor-Joy (The Chess Queen): Princess Peach
- Charlie Day (How to kill the boss …, Pacific Rim, It’s always sunny in Philadelphia): Luigi Mario
- Jack Black (School of Rock): Bowser
- Keegan-Michael Key (Mad TV, Friends from College): Toad
- Seth Rogen (The Interview, Knocked Up): Donkey Kong
- Fred Armisen (Portlandia, Saturday Night Live): Cranky Kong
- Kevin Michael Richardson (voice actor in dozens of video games, including Halo 2, Soulcalibur 2, Ratchet & Clank): Kamek
- Sebastian Maniscalco (Green Book, The Irishman): Spike