First trailer for Super Mario Movie drops

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First trailer for Super Mario Movie drops

Featured Image Credit: Ninetendo/Illumination

The first official trailer for the Super Mario Movie has finally dropped, giving fans a hint at what they can expect from the Italian plumber next year.

Since it was first announced back in 2018, there been a lot of speculation over what exactly a Nintendo-backed Super Mario film would look like.

Hype surrounding the Italian plumber's first animated major motion picture skyrocketed this week when Nintendo unveiled the first official Super Mario Movie poster, chucking fans smack bang in the middle of the Mushroom Kingdom.

Now, Mario lovers are in even more of a frenzy after feasting their eyes on the first ever teaser trailer for the film.

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Fans are loving what they've seen so far, with one writing: "OH MY GOD THIS LOOKS EXTREMELY PERFECT."

Another said, "Wow! The Mario Movie trailer looked awesome! I can’t wait to see it in theaters," while a third added, "Just watched the Mario trailer and it looks pretty alright! I think it'll be an enjoyable family-friendly film."

A Nintendo Direct premiere screening of the trailer aired live this evening (6 October) on the company's official YouTube channel.

Animated by Illumination, the Super Mario Movie stars Chris Pratt as Mario and Charlie Day as Luigi.

When this casting choice was first announced, there was some pretty heavy backlash over Chris Pratt and Charlie Day being cast as the plumber brothers, since neither one is Italian.

Hoping to put people's minds at ease, producer Chris Meledandri assured fans: "When people hear Chris Pratt’s performance, the criticism will evaporate. Maybe not entirely – people love to voice opinions, as they should."

He added: "I’m not sure this is the smartest defence, but as a person who has Italian-American heritage, I feel I can make that decision without worrying about offending Italians or Italian-Americans…I think we’re going to be just fine.'

The film will also star Anya Taylor-Joy as Princess Peach, the damsel in distress who Mario typically spends most of his time trying to rescue from the terrifying Bowser, who will be played by the legendary Jack Black.

Seth Rogen is signed on to play Donkey Kong, while Key and Peele's Keegan-Michael Key will voice Toad. There's still no sign of Yoshi just yet but we're holding out hope.

Also joining the cast are Fred Armisen (Portlandia), Kevin Michael Richardson (The Simpsons), comedian Sebastien Maniscalco, and Charles Martinet, who has voiced both Mario and Luigi in the Super Mario video game series since 1992.

Bowser looks set to cause some trouble. Credit: Nintendo/Illumination
Bowser looks set to cause some trouble. Credit: Nintendo/Illumination

Up until this point, not much was known about the film's actual plot. But as we can see in the teaser, it looks like Mario could be tasked with stopping Bowser from going on a rampage - no doubt we'll find out more in the weeks to come.

What I do know is I'm hooked, I'm invested, and I *will* be going to see this on 7 April.

The Super Mario Movie is due to hit UK cinemas on 31 March, 2023

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Topics: Film & TV, Film and TV, Nintendo, Super Mario

Ali Condon
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