After a solid first screening of the long-awaited Super Mario Bros. In October, Nintendo is back with a second action-packed trailer, this time giving us a first look at Peach, Donkey Kong, and a delicious karting cameo for Rainbow Route.
In fact, it’s a bit of a treat for all-around Mario fans, casting its net wide to feature a host of familiar faces, locations and bonuses, all with a vibrant movie makeover. This is the first time we’ve heard of Anya Taylor-Joy’s Princess Peach, for example, as well as Charlie Day as Luigi and Seth Rogan as Donkey Kong, though the latter’s debut isn’t were mostly just a grunt.
Elsewhere, the trailer takes a jaw-dropping tour of the film’s beautifully reimagined Mushroom Kingdom, giving us a walk across a bridge amidst a flurry of Cheep Cheeps, a peek inside Peach’s Castle and, of course, , the addition of crowd-pleasing karts. Rainbow Road.
There’s also a classic Mario level hovering in the sky, a Tanooki Mario cameo, a fire flower, a cavalcade of Yoshis, and what might just be the first time Mario has been seen doing plumbing. . Oh, and as widely speculated, it does indeed appear that Mario and Luigi have both been sucked out of the real world and into the Mushroom Kingdom.
Pretty much the only thing we didn’t get was a substantial blast from Chris Pratt as the lead role of Mario, with the trailer once again relegating his voice to the weird Mario catchphrase here and the.
Of course, Pratt’s casting remains controversial. After Mario’s trailer debuted in October, voice actor Tara Strong (Harley Quinn, Batgirl and Fairly Odd Parents’ Timmy Turner) wrote a series of tweets lamenting the decision not to cast Martinet in the film’s lead role. .
“Voice actors – I’m going to put my heart and soul into it for at least 20 years, help sell billions of products, earn millions for studios and make generations around the world happy. Hollywood – We s’ cares.” she wrote.
Former Luigi actor John Leguizamo also chimed in, saying he considered Illumination’s decision not to cast an actor of color in a lead role for the upcoming Super Mario Bros. movie. “Upside down”.
Still, this latest look at The Super Mario Bros. Movie. is a bit of a delight, with tons of references for longtime fans, a gaming cast, and a loss of Mario charm. We’ll find out how it all pans out when it hits cinemas on April 7 next year.