Nintendo enthusiasts were given their closest look yet at the new Super Mario Bros. movie on Thursday.
Indeed, during a Nintendo Direct presentation, the trailer for the upcoming animated film was premiered. As previously reported, leading the cast is Guardians of the Galaxy and Jurassic World alum Chris Pratt, who plays Mario and is joined on the voice talent roster by Charlie Day as Luigi and Anya Taylor-Joy as Princess Peach.
The new film from Illumination and Nintendo was initially expected to arrive this December but will now be rolled out next April instead.
Fans were excited after watching the trailer while pointing out Chris Pratt is using his regular voice.
“Mario and Luigi are two of the most beloved heroes in all of popular culture, and we are honored to have the unique opportunity to work so closely with Shigeru Miyamoto and the widely imaginative team at Nintendo to bring these characters to life in an animated movie, unlike any film Illumination has made to date,” Illumination founder Chris Meledandri said in September 2022 when detailing the extended voice cast, which also includes Seth Rogen and Keegan-Michael Key.
Aaron Horvath and Michael Jelenic, both known for their work together on Teen Titans Go!, shared directorial duties on the Matthew Fogel-penned film. Teasing the then-imminent trailer reveal in an IG post this week, Pratt called Super Mario Bros. a “very special” project. He also promised fans an experience that will leave them feeling “blown away.”
The classic game was previously adapted into a live-action film in 1993. The ill-received comedy was largely panned at the time of its release but has, in the years since, amassed a small but dedicated legion of appreciators.