A Super Mario Bros. movie is still in the works.
When Nintendo officially announced that it was making a Super Mario Bros. movie. With the studio behind Despicable Me and Minions, there were a lot of questions. Several years and a Nintendo-centric Universal theme park expansion later, we still don’t know much. The company only said that the film would be co-produced by Mario creator, Shigeru Miyamotoand Chris Meledandri of Illumination.
Now, we know one thing: Comedian Sebastian Maniscalco is recording the voice work for the film. But he is not playing Mario or Luigi.
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“I’m playing Spike,” Maniscalco said in an interview on Bertcast of Bert Kreischer, “his boss.” If you don’t recognize the character, you are not alone. While there is a character named Foreman Spike in the world of Super Mario Bros., he is kind of a deep cut: he only appears in 1985’s Wrecking Crew for the NES, Japan’s only ’98 Wrecking Crew, and for nostalgic reference in a handful. of later games.
His role in the upcoming animated movie is unclear, but at least it tells us that Mario and Luigi have a boss and possibly work construction at some point in the movie. They wear those overalls for a reason, after all.
As for the rest of the cast of the film? We just don’t know. The revelation was not part of a press conference, but rather a side comment Maniscalco made as he spoke about what was on his schedule that week: a list that included taking care of his son, getting tested for COVID for an upcoming trip, and working. in the next animated movie.
Fans are still waiting to find out if the main character in the Super Mario Bros. movie will be played by Charles Martinet, who provides the voice of Mario for video games, or someone entirely new.
The animated Super Mario Bros. movie is scheduled to debut sometime in 2022.