Mario filmmaker suggests that Chris Pratt does not want an Italian accent

Mario co-producer Chris Meledandri has suggested that Chris Pratt’s performance as the protagonist will not use Mario’s usual accent, and that his chosen voice is “phenomenal”.

When Meledandri spoke to TooFab, Meledandri was asked about the divisive casting choice and replied, “All I can tell you is the voice he does for us in Mario is phenomenal. Yes, I can not wait for people to hear it. . “

In terms of that performance, he suggested that Mario’s normal tones might not be what we should expect: “We cover [that accent] in the film, so you will see that we are definitely nodding to it – but it is not the tenor of the performance throughout the film. “

Mario Movie – The Cast so far

Asked about the response to Pratt being asked to play a character traditionally portrayed as Italian, Meledandri said: “Well, as an Italian American I understand that. You know, I understand the comments. Charlie Day, who plays Luigi, is coming actually from Italian heritage. Yes, so that’s our nod. “

Pratt was cast alongside Anya Taylor-Joy as Peach, Charlie Day as Luigi, Jack Black as Bowser, Keegan-Michael Key as Toad, Seth Rogen as Donkey Kong, Kevin Michael Richardson as Kamek, Fred Armisen as Cranky Kong and Sebastian Maniscalco as Chairman Spike. Mario video game voice actor Charles Martinet will appear in at least one cameo role.

The animated film, created by the Despicable Me studio Illumination, is scheduled to hit theaters on December 21, 2022. The project was originally announced in 2018, with both Illumination CEO Chris Meledandri and Super Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto involved as producers. .

Nintendo is also exploring animation projects in addition to Super Mario, and early reports suggest Seth Rogen may get his own Donkey Kong movie.

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