Chris Pratt will portray the iconic Italian plumber Mario in the upcoming animated Super Mario movie currently in production by Illumination and Nintendo. However, fans have raised some concerns regarding the actor’s ability to evoke Mario’s signature voice. According to the actor, fans have nothing to worry about as he declared that his voice will be “unlike anything you’ve heard.”
In a recent interview with Variety about his latest film The Terminal List, Pratt talked a bit about the upcoming Super Mario movie, declaring that his voice work on the animation will be “updated”, whatever that means.
Pratt’s full response to Mario’s voice reads:
“I worked really closely with the directors on trying out a few things and landed on something that I’m really proud of and can’t wait for people to see and hear. It’s an animated voiceover narrative. It’s not a live-action movie. I’m not gonna be wearing a plumber suit running all over. I’m providing a voice for an animated character, and it is updated and unlike anything you’ve heard in the Mario world before.”
Back in September 2021, Nintendo announced a new feature-length Super Mario movie that will be animated by Despicable Me studio Illumination. The cast announcement, on the other hand, infamously overshadowed the movie announcement itself.
Along with Pratt voicing Mario, the rest of the cast includes Anya-Taylor Joy as Princess Peach, Charlie Day as Luigi, Jack Black as Bowser, Seth Rogen as Donkey Kong and Keegan-Michael Key as Toad, among others. Charles Martinet, who voices Mario in the video games, will appear in the movie in “surprise cameos”, which is baffling considering that he would’ve been the ideal choice to voice Mario in the first place.
Nonetheless, Nintendo feels confident in Pratt’s take on the legendary gaming character and it seems like Pratt is fairly confident too.