Last September, Nintendo made headlines as it announced the voice cast for its animated film based on the highly popular Mario franchise. The internet went crazy as it was revealed that Chris Pratt had been cast as the titular plumber, along with Jack Black as Bowser, and Seth Rogen as Donkey Kong. The film has been in the works for quite some time, and it was finally set to release this year during the holiday season, but it looks like things may have changed.
Originally set for a release date of Dec. 21st, 2022, Super Mario Bros. has been delayed four months and is now set to hit theaters on April 7th, 2023. Unfortunately, for Japanese fans, the delay is a tad bit longer with a April 28th Japanese release. No reason was specified for the film’s delay, but its likely just due to not being able to have it done in time and after the last Mario movie, they probably want to make sure they have it just right.
Shigeru Miyamoto announced the delay himself through the Nintendo of America Twitter account, detailing that he spoke with the films producer Chris Meledandri and the two decided that the film would be delayed and that it would be ,”well worth the wait.” The film’s release date will now be occupied by Puss In Boots: The Last Wish, which was originally set to release on Sept. 9th, 2022.
Along with Pratt, Black, and Rogen, the film will feature the likes of Anya Taylor-Joy as Princess Peach, Charlie Day as Luigi, Fred Armisen as Cranky Kong, and Keegan-Michael Key as Toad, Kevin Michael Richardson as Kamek, and Sebastian Maniscalco as Spike.