The cast for the animated Super Mario film was revealed during Thursday’s Nintendo Direct. And Chris Pratt, who will play Mario in the film, took to Instagram to say that the crew has been “working hard at it.”
“It’s a-me, a-Mario,” said Pratt in an Instagram video using a voice that was very much not similar to that of the iconic plumber. (“That’s not the voice,” he clarified immediately afterward).
Pratt starts the video by waxing poetic about longingly staring at a Super Mario arcade game he’s always wanted to play but has never had a quarter for. To play, he resorted to stealing coins from wishing wells. Now, he says he’s looking forward to voicing the character, even if it means stealing someone’s wish.
In addition to Chris Pratt, the Super Mario film will feature Anya Taylor-Joy (Emma), Charlie Day (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia), Seth Rogen (Long Shot), and Jack Black (Kung-Fu Panda) as Peach, Luigi, Donkey Kong, and Bowser. Charles Martinet, Mario’s (and Wario’s) longtime voice actor, will also be involved in the project in some capacity, though he will not be playing the lead role. Illumination, the studio behind Despicable Me and the Minions franchise, is behind the film.
Fans have had mixed reactions to the casting news, especially since the longtime voice actors for the characters are… right there. This resulted in a slew of memes depicting unlikely (but not impossible!) casting choices.