Chris Pratt will star as voice of Mario in 'Super Mario Bros.' movie
Published Friday, September 24, 2021 8:13AM EDT Last Updated Friday, September 24, 2021 8:13AM EDT
Chris Pratt said playing Mario was a dream come true. (Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images)
The "Guardians of the Galaxy" actor will voice Mario, the tubby Italian plumber who changed the world of video games with the release of "Super Mario Bros." 36 years ago, Nintendo announced on Twitter on Thursday.
None of the cast is Italian -- something that has sparked fierce debate and countless jokes on social media. Whether the actors will adopt Italian accents is unknown, but in a video posted to Instagram, Pratt said he had been "working hard" on the character's voice.
Pratt also reflected that the role was a dream come true, saying he often played the arcade game as a child.
The animated film, teased in 2017, will hit theaters in North America in December 2022, Nintendo said.