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Chris Pratt’s film has a “Phenomenal” Mario voice, producers Teases

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One of the producers of the upcoming Super Mario movie starring Chris Pratt as the voice of an Italian plumber has discussed the film and how it would be a nod to the Italian heritage of the Mario brothers in particular. Speaking to Too Fab, Illumination CEO Chris Meledandri began by teasing that Chris Pratt’s voice for Mario is “phenomenal.”

He added: “I can’t wait for people to hear it.”

When asked if there were any concerns about the non-Italian man voicing Mario, Meledandri said, “As an Italian-America myself, I understand the comments.”

The producers reminded People that It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia star Charlie Day, who comes from Italian heritage, is voicing Luigi, and that it’s part of the film’s “nod” for Italian culture. However, don’t expect Chris Pratt to lean too far into the “It’s-A Me, Mario” stylings that video game voice actor Charles Martinet has been known to use throughout the series.

“We cover it in the movie, so you’ll see that we definitely nod to that. But that’s not the tenor of the performance throughout the film,” Meledandri said.

The film’s Mario cast also includes Anya Taylor-Joy as Princess Peach, Jack Black as Bowser, Seth Rogen as Donkey Kong, and Keegan-Michael Key as Todd. The film – which was announced several years ago – will debut in the US on December 21, 2022, with release dates in other parts of the world to be announced later.

This could be Nintendo’s first new film, as Shigeru Miyamoto plans to make more movies based on recent Nintendo characters. A rumor said that a new Donkey Kong movie may be coming with Rogen, although this has not been confirmed.

Chris Pratt has also been confirmed to voice Garfield in a new film. He is already a skilled voice actor, having starred as Emmett in The Lego Movie and as Barley in the Pixar Movie Onward.

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