Nintendo icon Mario gets an epic power up in the new, final trailer for The Super Mario Bros. Movie unlocked by Universal Pictures and Illumination today. The pic opens exclusively in theaters on April 5.
The new spot takes us into the bowels of Bowser’s dungeon and offers glimpses of the world-clashing war of the Koopa and Mushroom Kingdoms. Plus, we get to see the plucky plumber and his frenemy Donkey Kong charge through a platform challenge and more beautifully rendered corners of the video game inspired world.
While working underground to fix a water main, Brooklyn plumbers Mario (Chris Pratt; Jurassic World and The LEGO Movie franchises) and brother Luigi (Charlie Day; It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia) are transported down a mysterious pipe and wander into a magical new world. But when the brothers are separated, Mario embarks on an epic quest to find Luigi.
With the assistance of a Mushroom Kingdom resident Toad (Keegan-Michael Key; The Lion King) and some training from the strong-willed ruler of the Mushroom Kingdom, Princess Peach (Anya Taylor-Joy; The Queen’s Gambit), Mario taps into his own power.
The star-studded cast also features Jack Black (Jumanji films) as Bowser, Seth Rogen (Neighbors franchise) as Donkey Kong, Fred Armisen (Portlandia, Saturday Night Live) as Cranky Kong, Kevin Michael Richardson (American Dad!, Family Guy) as Kamek and Sebastian Maniscalco (Green Book) as Spike, plus a special voice appearance by Charles Martinet, who has voiced the characters of Mario and Luigi in the Super Mario games for more than 30 years.
The film is directed by Aaron Horvath and Michael Jelenic (Teen Titans Go!, Teen Titans Go! To the Movies) from a screenplay by Matthew Fogel (Minions: The Rise of Gru, The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part).
From Nintendo and Illumination (Despicable Me, Minions, Sing, The Secret Life of Pets), the movie is produced by Illumination founder and CEO Chris Meledandri p.g.a. and by Nintendo’s Representative Director and Fellow Shigeru Miyamoto, the creator of Mario, after more than six years of discussions and collaboration. The film is co-financed by Universal Pictures and Nintendo and will be released worldwide by Universal Pictures.
Read all about The Super Mario Bros. Movie in our April ’23 cover story here.