Last night, Nintendo and Illumination Studios announced the voice cast of their upcoming animated Super Mario Bros. film — simply titled Mario — and the internet, put simply, lost its mind as it learned that Chris Pratt would be voicing Mario.
In addition to Pratt, Anya Taylor-Joy has been cast as Peach, Charlie Day has been tapped to voice Luigi, Jack Black will play Bowser, and Seth Rogen will voice Donkey King. Fred Armisen, Kevin Michael Richardson, and Sebastian Maniscalco round out the cast as Cranky Kong, Kamek, and Spike, respectively. All things considered, I think that’s a pretty fun cast. What more could you ask for when it comes to an animated movie about two plumbers’ quest to rescue a princess from a giant lizard (?). Regardless of my opinions of the cast list, though, social media reveled in the news all the same, unleashing a wave of memes.
Chirs Pratt, being the good sport that he is, took to social media to comment on the news, detailing memories of playing the original Super Mario Bros. arcade game as a kid before closing with his first public “It’s-a me, a-Mario!”
Chris Pratt unleashes his first “It’s-a me, a-Mario!” 😆🤌🇮🇹 pic.twitter.com/y9B3SO0Knf
— Post Cred Pod (@PostCredPod) September 24, 2021
Pratt’s casting as Mario isn’t the only character that fans are chomping at the bit to see, as Twitter user @Cybershell posted a video of Seth Rogen’s famed guttural laugh dubbed over a video of Donkey Kong, producing predictably hilarious results:
All jokes aside, credit to the Illumination crew for casting Anya Taylor-Joy as Peach, though. If there’s one actress in the game today that I’d risk death via lava moat or dinosaur (?) bite or however it is that Bowser vanquishes his enemies, it’s Anya Taylor-Joy.*Bonk*.
Mario is scheduled to hit theaters in the United States on December 21, 2022.