Nintendo will broadcast a new Nintendo Direct presentation on Thursday, Oct. 6, a digital event that will introduce the world premiere trailer for “The Super Mario Bros. Movie.” Now, Nintendo and Illumination also offered a glimpse of Mario’s new animated adventure in a new teaser poster — one that offers a fairly detailed look at the film’s visual style.
And it sure looks a lot like a modern-day Super Mario Bros. game. Mario, standing strong in his trademark blue overalls and red cap, gazes up at Princess Peach’s castle from the streets of the Mushroom Kingdom. Mario is surrounded by a group of Toads just going about their day, but there’s at least one good visual gag: an antiques store selling classic Super Mario Bros. items, including pixelated P-switches and note blocks.
Thursday’s Nintendo Direct focusing on “The Super Mario Bros. Movie“ will stream on YouTube at 4:05 p.m. EDT/1:05 p.m. PDT, and Nintendo warns that “no game information will be featured” during the presentation.
Originally announced back in 2018, Super Mario: The Movie is being produced by Nintendo and Illumination. The film would resurface again during the September 2021 Nintendo Direct, where Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto announced the film’s cast.
Chris Pratt will take on the title role (with a different accent), and the cast also include Anya Taylor-Joy as Peach, Charlie Day as Luigi, Jack Black as Bowser, Keegan-Michael Key as Toad, and Seth Rogen as Donkey Kong. It’ll be a while until we see this all-star cast take their best shot at Nintendo’s iconic characters, as Illumination and Nintendo Delayed the movie to April 2023.
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, Minions: The Rise of Gru), the film stars 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, Kevin Michael Richardson as Kamek and Sebastian Maniscalco as Spike.
The film is produced by Illumination founder and CEO Chris Meledandri p.g.a. and by Shigeru Miyamoto for Nintendo. The film is co-financed by Universal Pictures and Nintendo and will be released worldwide by Universal Pictures.