Super Mario Bros. Star responds to the cast of the animated film
In case you missed it, Nintendo and Illumination recently revealed a number of voice actors playing iconic roles in the upcoming Super Mario Bros. animated film. Notably, this included Chris Pratt as the voice of Mario and Charlie Day as the voice of Luigi. And now one of the stars of live-action 1993 Super Mario Bros. film, John Leguizamo, responded to the announcement with criticism and praise.
Leguizamo specifically played Luigi in the 1993 film while Bob Hoskins portrayed Mario. While the film has long been viewed as a critical and commercial failure, many fans consider it a cult classic. Addressing the announcement of the cast of the new animated film, Leguizamo seemed thrilled the franchise had another chance on the big screen, but less thrilled with the cast.
“So happy [Super Mario Bros.] is restarting! Obviously, he’s an iconic enuff, “Leguizamo shared on Twitter.” But too bad they all turned white! No Latinx in mind! A revolutionary colorblind original cast! Besides, I’m the only one who knows how to make this film work with a good script! “
You can check out Leguizamo’s tweet for yourself below:
So happy #super mario bros is restarting! It is obviously an iconic enuff. But a pity that they have become all white! No Latinx in mind! A revolutionary colorblind original cast! Besides, I’m the only one who knows how to make this movie work with a good script! pic.twitter.com/lNokmdpwMq
– John Leguizamo (@JohnLeguizamo) September 27, 2021
Full voice cast revealed for upcoming Super Mario Bros. animated film features Chris Pratt as Mario, Anya Taylor-Joy as Princess Peach, Charlie Day as Luigi, Jack Black as Bowser, Keegan-Michael Key as Toad, Seth Rogen as Donkey Kong, Fred Armisen in Cranky Kong, Kevin Michael Richardson in Kamek, Sebastian Maniscalco in Spike, and Charles Martinet – Mario’s best-known voice – will provide various cameos.
The upcoming Super Mario Bros. animated film of Illumination and Nintendo is slated for release on December 21, 2022 in North America. The film is produced by Nintendo’s Chris Meledandri and Shigeru Miyamoto, and is directed by Aaron Horvath and Michael Jelenic, known for Teen Titans Go! and Teen Titans Go! At the movie theater. The screenplay will be written by Matthew Fogel, known for The LEGO Movie 2: Part 2 and the next one Minions: The Rise of Gru. You can check out all of our previous coverage of the upcoming Super Mario Bros. movie. here.
What do you think of Leguizamo’s response to the casting choices? Are you excited to experience the film for yourself when it releases towards the end of next year? Let us know in the comments, or feel free to reach out and get in touch directly on Twitter at @rollinbishop to talk about everything related to games and animation!