Chris Pratt Reacts To Being Cast As Mario, Says "Dreams Come True"
Pratt played the original arcade game as a kid and will now star as Mario in the upcoming film, though it will be some time before we hear his Mario voice.
Actor Chris Pratt will voice Mario in the upcoming Super Mario movie from Minions studio Illumination, and now Pratt has reacted to landing the role said the words "It's a me, Mario."
Posting on Instagram, Pratt said he has a special connection to Super Mario Bros. When he was a child living in Lake Stevens, Washington he would play the original arcade game at the laundromat. He rarely had a quarter to play, so he would steal them out of a wishing well.
"The quarter I stole out of the wishing well to play Super Mario Bros. has come true that I get to be the voice of Mario," Pratt says in the video, acknowledging also that he actually stole someone's else's wish and karma will come around to get him.
But for now, "it's a me, Mario," Pratt said of landing the role of Mario in the film. Though he said those words in the video, the voice he did is not final. "You'll have to wait to hear the voice, we've been working hard at it," Pratt said.
"Dreams come true," the actor said, summing up his thoughts on joining the cast in the lead role.
Pratt's casting was confirmed on Thursday during the September Nintendo Direct. He's just one of the big names in the film, which also features Anya Taylor-Joy as Peach, Charlie Day as Luigi, Jack Black as Bowser, and Seth Rogen as Donkey Kong. You can see the full cast so far below.
The Super Mario movie is slated for release in December 2022, so it's still quite far out from release.
Mario Movie Cast:
- Chris Pratt as Mario
- Anya Taylor-Joy as Peach
- Charlie Day as Luigi
- Jack Black as Bowser
- Fred Armisen as Cranky Kong
- Kevin Michael Richardson as Kamek
- Sebastian Maniscalco as Spike
- Keegan-Michael Key as Toad
- Seth Rogen as Donkey Kong
- Charles Martinet in "surprise cameos"
The September Nintendo Direct also brought news about Bayonetta 3, Splatoon 3, N64 games for Nintendo Switch, a new Kirby title, and more. Check out GameSpot's Nintendo Direct news roundup to catch up with all the big announcements
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