Following much anticipation, the first official teaser trailer has been released for new animated film The Super Mario Bros. Movie, starring Chris Pratt.
The film is a collaboration between Nintendo and Universal Pictures’ Illumination animation division and sees Chris Pratt as Mario, heading an all-star cast that also includes Jack Black as Bowser and Anya Taylor-Joy as Princess Peach.
The two-minute trailer has been released a year after the cast was announced and, while plot details have been kept to a minimum, the story appears to involve Bowser hunting for the game’s signature super star in various worlds.
Directed by Aaron Horvath and Michael Jelenic (collaborators on Teen Titans Go!, Teen Titans Go! To the Movies) from a screenplay by Matthew Fogel (The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part, Illuminations’s Minions: The Rise of Gru), the film also stars Charlie Day as Luigi, Keegan-Michael Key as Toad, Seth Rogen as Donkey Kong, Fred Armisen as Cranky Kong, Kevin Michael Richardson as Kamek and Sebastian Maniscalco as Spike. It is due to be released on 7th April, 2023.
The film is produced by Illumination founder and CEO Chris Meledandri and by Shigeru Miyamoto for Nintendo. The Super Mario Bros. Movie will be co-financed by Universal Pictures and Nintendo and released worldwide by Universal Pictures.
Although the video game that the Super Mario film is based on features minimal dialogue, the producers said that each actor has been cast for their ability to capture the unique spirit of each of their iconic characters.
You can watch the trailer here: