According to recent reports, the runtime for the upcoming Super Mario Bros. movie has been revealed. The movie is said to have a runtime of 100 minutes or 1 hour and 40 minutes. This information has not been officially confirmed by the studio or filmmakers, so it should be taken with a grain of salt. The Super Mario Bros. movie is set to be released on December 21, 2022, and will feature an ensemble cast including Chris Pratt, Anya Taylor-Joy, Jack Black, and Keegan-Michael Key.
With only a few weeks remaining until The Super Mario Bros. Movie hits the silver screen, more and more information about the highly anticipated project are coming to the surface each and every day.
The most recent piece of news surrounding the project has been seemingly revealed by the Irish Film Classification Office (IFCO). According to IFCO’s website, the Illumination animation project will have a run time of 92 minutes, or just over and hour and a half. This is in keeping with other Illumination animation projects like Despicable Me 2which had a run time of 98 minutes.
While the film might seem short compared to recently released epics like Avatar: The Way of Water, Babylonand Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, it should be plenty of time for the project to build up to a worthwhile finale.
Based on trailers, we know that the film will see Chris Pratt’s Mario explore the Mushroom Kingdom, take part in some kart racing, and face off against Seth Rogen’s Donkey Kong and Jack Black’s Bowser.
Other big names joining the project include Anya Taylor-Joy as Princess Peach, Charlie Day as Luigi, Keegan-Michael Key as Toad, Fred Armisen as Cranky Kong, Kevin Michael Richardson as Kamek, and Sebation Maniscalco as Spike.
The Super Mario Bros. Movie launches in cinemas in the US and the UK on Apr. 7.
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John Leguizamo on Chris Pratt Voicing Mario
While The Super Mario Bros. Movie is gearing up for its release in a few short weeks, the project has not been all smooth sailing.
In a 2022 interview, John Leguizamo, who portrayed Luigi in the original 1993 live-action Super Mario Bros., called out Chris Pratt and the new film’s production team for its lack of diversity in casting.
“I’m O.G. A lot of people love the original. I did Comic-Con in New York and in Baltimore, and everyone’s like, ‘No, no, we love the old one, the original.’ They’re not feeling the new one. I’m not bitter. It’s unfortunate. The [1993 movie] directors Annabel Jankel and Rocky Morton fought really hard for me to be the lead because I was a Latin man, and they [the studio] didn’t want me to be the lead. They fought really hard, and it was such a breakthrough. For them to go backwards and not cast another [actor of color] kind of sucks,” Leguizamo said after Pratt’s casting was announced last year. Voice actress Tara Strong similarly slammed the project for not casting long-time Mario voice actor Charles Martinet.
The Super Mario Bros. Movie arrives in theaters on Apr. 7.