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No, it wasn’t a fever dream. The cast announced for Illumination’s untitled Super Mario film late last year was in fact real. If you missed it, Jack Black is set to play Bowser, Charlie Day will play Luigi and Anya Taylor-Joy will play Princess Peach but the casting that sent the internet into a full breakdown was the fact that Chris Pratt will be playing Mario.
Following the announcement, the internet soon did its thing by memeing the entire debacle and whilst we may have spent several months forgetting the whole unhinged affair, recent leaks have reminded us that the film is both real and coming to us just next year.
If you've grabbed the recent Mario Kart 8 DLC on Nintendo Switch, take a look at the revamped tracks compared to their original counterparts.
During Giant Bomb’s GrubbSnaxx podcast, journalist and insider Jeff Grubb supposedly revealed the plot of the Mario movie which was reportedly leaked by test audiences. As with any rumour, this all has to be taken with a pinch of salt until anything official is out but that being said, the plot sounds as wild as we’d expect. Potential spoilers ahead.
The film is rumoured to open with a fight between Mario and Donkey Kong. Mario then falls down a pipe and into the Mushroom Kingdom. Here, we meet Bowser who kidnaps Princess Peach and destroys the Mushroom Kingdom. Mario teams up with Luigi to take Bowser down. Mario and Luigi end up chasing each other through a pipe maze. Kamek and Yoshi get into a fight over some old beef, and Bowser is eventually tricked into running into a lava pool, and Mario and Luigi decide to set up a plumbing business in the Mushroom Kingdom.
The plot is bizarre, yet also completely what I expected? The film is slated to be a musical and perhaps the thing I’m most excited for is the prospect of a plumbing song which is said to be sung by Mario and Luigi. Grubb went on to say that Mario and Luigi have Brooklyn accents and the film is absent of fart jokes … just in case you were wondering. I mean, I’d see it, purely for the chaos.
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