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In the upcoming Mario movie, Seth Rogen has snagged the role of Donkey Kong. Arguably, this choice is not as odd as the other castings but it hasn't stopped his mother from tweeting about the news.
From Illumination, the same animation studio that gave us Despicable Me and Minions, the movie will be directed by Aaron Horvath and Michael Jelenic and is expected to release in December of next year. Chris Pratt has been cast as Mario and he's thrilled. So thrilled that he recorded this monologue about fishing quarters out of fountains to play the arcade game and how he has probably stolen someone's wish to voice the character.
Yeah. Moving on. Joining Rogen and Pratt are Charlie Day as Luigi, Anya Taylor-Joy as Princess Peach, Jack Black as Bowser and Keegan-Michael Key as Toad. Honestly, it's a little like Illumination and Nintendo had a board of actors' names and picked each one by throwing darts while blindfolded. Uhh, Yoshi is... Childish Gambino. I made that up and it still doesn't sound too implausible!
Check out this celebration of Mario from fans from all walks of life, reminiscing on the awesome times they've had travelling across the Mushroom Kingdom.
In a wholesome if hilarious tweet about her son's casting, Sandy Rogen showed that she's not 100% convinced on what the movie actually is. "My son is donkey Kong ! Don't really know what to say about that," she posted. Fans were swift to assure her that this is a major get for the actor, even though Donkey Kong isn't known for his command of language.
My son is donkey Kong ! Don't really know what to say about that.
- Sandy Rogen (@RogenSandy) September 25, 2021
"Certainly opens the door to some great birthday gift ideas," offered @kyriakelis. "They should totally get Michael Cera to play Diddy," added @burnthelouvre. Charles Martinet, the original voice actor of Mario, is on board the upcoming movie to pop up in cameos but it is weird to think that these characters are going to have actual voices beyond their catchphrases.
I don't want to rain on anyone's parade here but I have no idea what the Mario movie is going to be like. Never in a million years would I have expected Seth Rogen to get the green light from Nintendo but the times they are a-changing. It's either going to be fantastic, or fantastically bad. Can't wait.
Featured Image Credit: Nintendo, Universal Pictures