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The Super Mario Bros. Movie - What We Know So Far

Cracking the "video game movie code" is no easy feat. Historically speaking, these adaptations have bombed at the box office and been skewered by critics. Even everybody's favorite Italian plumber found himself in 1993's disastrous "Super Mario Bros." movie — a film long hailed as one of the worst video game movies of all time. But in 2023, Nintendo hopes to correct all this with a new take on the Koopa-stomping, princess-saving, mustachioed hero.

From the combined forces of distributor Universal, Nintendo, and production studio Illumination (the same company behind the "Minions" franchise and the "Sing" series) comes "The Super Mario Bros. Movie." This animated film features an absolutely stacked cast and some pretty impressive visuals, promising a fun romp for video game fans of all ages. We're pretty psyched to see what the film has in store, and before it hits theaters, let's take a look at everything we know about "The Super Mario Bros. Movie" so far.

When will The Super Mario Bros. Movie be released?

Originally, Mario was supposed to jump into the big screen on December 21, 2022. Sadly for fans hoping to spend the holiday season with Luigi, Bowser, and Princess Peach, that release date was pushed back to 2023. But fortunately, we won't have to wait too long to see Mario's adventures in Mushroom Kingdom. 

"The Super Mario Bros. Movie" has been given a new release date of April 7, 2023. As a result, it will open against horror flick "The Pope's Exorcist" and biopic "Chevalier." Since those films aren't hoping to attract family audiences, we're expecting "The Super Mario Bros." to make quite a bit of cash during its box office run, as it won't have any animated competition trying to draw similar crowds. As for Nintendo's homeland of Japan, the film will open on April 28, just a few weeks later.

Who is starring in The Super Mario Bros. Movie?

Universal and Illumination are sparing no expense when it comes to casting "The Super Mario Bros. Movie," according to a Nintendo of America Twitter post. Voicing the protagonist, Mario, will be none other than Starlord himself, Chris Pratt. Charlie Day will be joining him as Mario's brother, Luigi. Anya Taylor-Joy will voice the female lead, Princess Peach, who will presumably be Mario's love interest. Filling out the rest of the main cast is Jack Black as antagonist Bowser.

As for what are presumably supporting roles, Keegan-Michael Key will portray Toad, Seth Rogen will step in as Donkey Kong, Fred Armisen will do the voice for Cranky Kong, Kevin Michael Richardson will be Kamek, and finally, Sebastian Maniscalco will be Spike. The announcement also notes that Charles Martinet, who's voiced Mario and other notable characters in the video games since the '90s, will have "surprise cameos." 

Who is producing, directing, and writing The Super Mario Bros. Movie?

"The Super Mario Bros. Movie" is the result of two powerful forces coming together: Nintendo and Illumination. And that collaborative dynamic is represented in the film's producers. On one side, you've got Chris Meledandri, the producer behind the "Despicable Me" and "Sing" franchises. On the other side, you've got Shigeru Miyamoto, the genius who created characters like Donkey Kong, Link, Zelda, and yes, Mario himself. Together, they'll be bringing their animation and video game knowledge, respectively, to the big screen.

As for who's directing, "The Super Mario Bros. Movie" has recruited two figures who are quite adept at handling animated projects. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Aaron Horvath and Michael Jelenic — the filmmakers behind "Teen Titans Go! To the Movies" — will be helming the picture. Plus, they're working from a script penned by Matthew Fogel, who previously wrote "The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part" and "Minions: The Rise of Gru."

Is there a trailer for The Super Mario Bros. Movie?

The teaser trailer for "The Super Mario Bros. Movie" gave us a glimpse of Bowser's might against an adorable penguin army, and we watched as the Koopa king got his greedy hands on a Power Star. Plus, it let us hear Chris Pratt's Mario impression for the very first time. Then, in November 2022, the official trailer gave us a much larger look at Mushroom Kingdom and its various inhabitants, including the likes of Princess Peach and Donkey Kong.

The trailer opens with a pretty one-sided showdown between Mario and that aforementioned gorilla. We watch as Bowser explains to a kidnapped Luigi that he's about to conquer the world ... assuming he can find and beat Mario first. We see Princess Peach and Toad getting ready for battle, we watch as a herd of Yoshis run by, and we even see the Mario brothers doing some actual plumbing. The trailer also pays homage to games like "Super Mario Bros. 3" and "Mario Kart," promising that the film will be full of little Easter eggs for the Nintendo faithful.

What will The Super Mario Bros. Movie be rated?

Believe it or not, "The Super Mario Bros. Movie" will not be earning a hard R rating from the MPA. As you might assume, this animated film from Illumination will receive the standard rating for family fare — PG, which perfectly lines up with Illumination's other offerings, a la "Despicable Me" and "The Secret Life of Pets." According to the Classification and Ratings Administration's website, the movie has earned its PG rating for "action and mild violence."

We're expecting this violence to be incredibly mild. Anyone familiar with the games knows Mario's propensity for dishing out pain only extends to jumping on Koopas or occasionally punching a Goomba with a white-gloved fist. Even the trailer shows that the action will be light-hearted and comical, as depicted when a penguin army assaults Bowser with snowballs and the Koopa Kamek returns the favor by magically tossing them aside.