Everyone's favourite plumber is back on our screens in Super Mario Bros movie.
Based on Nintendo’s Mario franchise, the animated movie tells the origin story of the title character (Chris Pratt) and his younger brother Luigi (Charlie Day) as they begin their own plumbing business.
Alongside Guardians of the Galaxy's Pratt, the all-star cast includes the likes of Anya Taylor-Joy, Day and Jack Black.
Following the release of the animated movie's first teaser trailer in October 2022, long-time Nintendo fans expressed criticism towards Pratt’s Mario voice, with many stating it sounds too close to the actor’s regular voice.
Talking about the pressure he felt voicing the title character, Pratt previously told The Hollywood Reporter: “I was pretty nervous when they offered it to me. I thought, ‘Wow, let’s not screw this up. People are passionate about this character, and they’ve probably seen some of their favourite IP getting screwed up.' It’s kind of a cynical business. People make movies just because a title has reach.”
Other fans have expressed disappointment that long-time Mario voice Charles Martinet would not be voicing the title character in the new movie. However, Martinet does make an appearance in the new movie in two important roles.
So, who does Martinet play in the movie and who else is bringing the iconic Nintendo characters to life? Read on for everything you need to know about The Super Mario Bros Movie cast.
The Super Mario Bros Movie cast
The full cast list is as follows:
- Chris Pratt as Mario
- Anya Taylor-Joy as Princess Peach
- Charlie Day as Luigi
- Jack Black as Bowser
- Keegan-Michael Key as Toad
- Seth Rogen as Donkey Kong
- Fred Armisen as Cranky Kong
- Sebastian Maniscalco as Foreman Spike
- Kevin Michael Richardson as Kamek
Charlie Day plays Luigi
Who is Luigi? Mario’s twin who has fought alongside his brother on numerous occasions.
What else has Day been in? Day is perhaps best known for his role as Charlie Kelly from the sitcom, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. He has also appeared in a number of films including Horrible Bosses and Pacific Rim.
Jack Black plays Bowser
Who is Bowser? The main antagonist in Mario's universe, guilty of taking Princess Peach hostage in an attempt to overthrow the Mushroom Kingdom.
What else has Black been in? The actor has starred in a number of films, including Orange County, School of Rock, Envy, Bernie, The House with a Clock in Its Walls, Gulliver's Travels and Jumanji.
Black is also a member of two bands, Tenacious D and Eagles of Death Metal.
Anya Taylor-Joy plays Princess Peach
Who is Princess Peach? The princess and ruler of the Mushroom Kingdom.
What else has Taylor-Joy been in? Taylor-Joy is best known for starring in 2015’s The Witch, but has also appeared in M Night Shyamalan’s Split as well as Glass, Peaky Blinders and The Queen’s Gambit.
Chris Pratt plays Mario
Who is Mario? The main character of the video game franchise and an Italian plumber who is often tasked with rescuing Princess Peach from the grips of Bowser.
What else has Pratt been in? Pratt first rose to fame on the hit sitcom Parks and Recreation, a role for which he earned a nomination for the Critics' Choice Television Awards in 2013.
He has since emerged as one of the main leading actors of his generation, playing Star-Lord in the Guardians of the Galaxy films and other MCU projects, as well as Owen Grady in the Jurassic World franchise. Other big credits include The Magnificent Seven, Passengers, The LEGO Movie and The Tomorrow War.
Seth Rogen plays Donkey Kong
Who is Donkey Kong? A muscular gorilla and recurring character in the Mario franchise.
What else has Rogen been in? Rogen first rose to fame with a role in the Judd Apatow series, Freaks and Geeks. He’s gone on to star in various films and TV shows, including Knocked Up, Bad Neighbors, The Interview and Pam and Tommy.
Keegan-Michael Key plays Toad
Who is Toad? A creature with a mushroom-shaped head who attends to Princess Peach.
What else has Key been in? Key is best known for co-creating and co-starring in the sketch comedy series, Key & Peele.
Kevin Michael Richardson plays Kamek
Who is Kamek? One of Bowser's minions who holds magical powers.
What else has Richardson been in? Fans will likely recognise Richardson's voice from F is for Family, The Cleveland Show, Family Guy, and Lilo & Stitch.
Fred Armisen plays Cranky Kong
Who is Cranky Kong? The grandfather of Donkey Kong.
What else has Armisen been in? From 2002 until 2013, Armisen appeared on Saturday Night Live. He is also the co-creator and co-star of the sketch comedy series, Portlandia.
Sebastian Maniscalco plays Spike
Who is Spike? Spike is a construction worker and rival to Mario and Luigi, who has even been known to team up with Bowser in his attempt to defeat the brothers.
What else has Maniscalco been in? The stand-up comedian and actor began his career at open mic performances before going on to release a number of comedy specials.
Who does Charles Martinet play in The Super Mario Bros Movie?
Martinet actually plays two roles in the movie, the first being a character called Giuseppe, an original creation who appears early in the film.
After Mario and Luigi watch their plumbing commercial air, Mario wonders whether they’ve overdone it with the exaggerated Italian accents, but a character standing next to them says their accents are “perfect!”.
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That’s Giuseppe, voiced by Martinet.
Later in the film, Martinet also voices Luigi’s dad.